Editorial: Bring transparency to King County Housing Authority’s shadow agency

Submitted by LDieringer on Mon, 05/06/2013 - 9:44am

Editorial from The Seattle Times:  Last November, the King County Housing Authority quietly granted a 30-year lease on 509 of its apartment units to an obscure nonprofit agency called Moving King County Residents Forward.

The deal happened in an open meeting, as required by the state Open Public Meetings Act, since the housing authority is a public agency. But since then, getting information about how this nonprofit operates has been difficult, since nonprofit agencies aren’t required to operate with the same level of transparency.

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A decade ago, when three daily newspapers covered King County government instead of one, a reporter may have noticed these actions. Today, there are many fewer eyes. That makes it even more incumbent on government to function in the daylight.

For more on this lawsuit, see NFOIC supports lawsuit accusing government agency of repeatedly violating Washington state’s open government laws.