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Staff’s ‘hard work and smart ideas’ credited for new Idaho transparency site

Here’s a link to my full story at on today’s launch of an Idaho government transparency website, unveiled by Gov. Butch Otter and state Controller Brandon Woolf. “We’ve always provided our public information whenever it’s requested, but this allows the citizens to quickly get to it without having to come through the office,” said Woolf, who at 40 is the youngest statewide official in Idaho. “They get right to the data.” The transparency site was set up within the controller’s existing budget, with no appropriation of state funds; other state have spent millions on such sites.


Woolf credits his staff and their “hard work and smart ideas.” They found new ways to use the Controller’s office’s existing technology for the transparency site, which automatically updates every night. Check it out here.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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