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Indiana gets good transparency grade

Indiana state government has received an A- rating from a leading public interest organization.

The high grade came from PIRG - the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups -- a non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy organization. Its ratings focus on how well

states provide online access to government spending data.

"Once again Indiana is leading the way," declared State Auditor Tim Berry. "Because of the hard work of my staff and a number of other state agencies, our transparency portal has become a valuable tool for Hoosiers. I agree with PIRG that transparency in

government spending promotes fiscal responsibility, checks corruption, and bolsters public confidence."

The transparency site, launched in August 2010, was recognized for offering a checkbook-level, user-friendly interface and providing information on payments to specific vendors. Additionally, users can customize their search to look for expenses incurred over a particular period of time, in a specific geographic area, by a particular government agency or of a certain dollar amount.

"Making state government more transparent has been one of our priorities for more than seven years. We'll continue our push to be a national leader in operating an open and honest government," Gov. Mitch Daniels said.

The transparency portal can be found at www.in.gov/itp.

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