Transparency Triumph of the Week: Gov Accountability and Transparency Board established

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Monday establishing a Government Accountability and Transparency Board led by Vice President Joe Biden.

The 11-member board will oversee transparency efforts related to federal spending and to ferreting out fraud, waste and abuses in government programs.

It is based off the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board that has provided oversight for spending under the stimulus bill, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The executive order also established an Accountable Government Initiative requiring regular meetings between Biden and cabinet-level agencies to review successes and problems encountered in identifying waste.

– Morgan Watkins

Morgan Watkins is SPJ’s summer Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern and a University of Florida student. Reach her by email (mwatkins@spj.org) or connect with her on Twitter (@morganwatkins26).

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