State Auditor trying to bring more transparency to government on state and local levels

He was a Repubican State Representative for 10 years but then John Dougall was successful in running for the office of State Auditor. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2015_05_29_324_33932_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Thursday</a>, Dougall said as a legislator he tried to be a “Constitutional watchdog” and that effort has continued in his new position.

He said one reason he ran was because he felt the auditor’s office should be more transparent and he continues to have that for a goal.

<span>”We can’t oversee everything. So getting the data out there so citizens can start seeing the government they care about, how their money is being spent, we think is critical,” said Dougall. “Then we’re also looking at ways at how do we distill that information into a more usable manner.”</span>

<span>Dougall said one way to do that is to champion transparency.</span>

<span>”We will be one of the key users of the transparency website, hopefully starting to benchmark local governments to see who is doing certain activities well, who is doing it poorly to help drive efficiency there. But then also trying to do things like (finding out) how much debt load there is in local government.</span>

<span>”Currently nobody knows and it would take a significant amount of time to pull together all the reports to try and figure that out. We hope by the August time frame we can start in an automated manner to generate some of that information.”</span>

Dougall said the ultimate aim is to get that information out to the public.

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