Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Learn about government transparency from Iowa, Okla., Washington officials in webinar Thursday

Local news media that don't have reporters in state capitals, but want and need to cover state agencies and glean data from them, could benefit from a webinar on transparency in state government, to be held from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow.

The Webinar is sponsored by the National Association of Chief State Information Officers and will be moderated by Mark Stencel, editor and deputy publisher of Governing magazine, who says, "New technologies are changing the way government and citizens communicate and interact, creating opportunities for unprecedented levels of transparency. But there also are new risks and new challenges."

The webinar will feature presentations from Steve Maslikowski of the Performance Results Division, Department of Management, State of Iowa; Lisa McKeithan, Office of State Finance, State of Oklahoma; and a representative from the Government Management Accountability & Performance unit of the Washington Governor's Office. They will discuss what they are doing in the field of transparency, what prompted them to move in the direction of transparency, and lessons they learned that might help other states as they move towards a more open government.

The webinar will include time for questions. Participants must pre-register, by clicking here. For more information, contact Shawn Karrick at or 859-514-9156.

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