NJFOG Study Finds Local Authorities Disregarding Online Transparency Law

Only 11 percent of New Jersey’s independent local authorities are in full compliance with an online transparency law that took effect on February 1, 2013, according to a study released by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG).

In 2011, the Office of the State Comptroller released findings that showed only three percent of 587 local government agencies posted financial data online, and more than a third had no online presence. Following release of the report, the New Jersey Legislature passed an online transparency law, which set forth 11 requirements that local government agencies must meet. These requirements include having an online presence and posting basic information such as minutes, resolutions, budgets and meeting notices.  Continue…