University of Wisconsin–Madison

Closing the Books: How Government Contractors Hide Public Records

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement
This report provides case studies that illustrate how private contractors hide three key types of information: the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and details on the quality of public services. Decision-makers should adopt strong sunshine laws that require government contractors to follow the same disclosure rules as government entities. Strong sunshine laws can promote transparency by guaranteeing citizens access to information regarding government expenditures and policies.

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