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State Auditor aims to increase transparency

The State Auditor’s website has been upgraded in an effort to bring more transparency to Mississippi taxpayers. 

State Auditor Shad White announced the launch of a new section of the website dedicated to transparency. Many contracts, requests for proposals, and various other documents from the office will be posted online at www.osa.ms.gov/transparency.

In a news release, White stated that the auditor’s office is committed to being the most transparent state agency in Mississippi. 

“We wanted to compile these documents in one location for easy viewing,” White said. “An important part of being transparent is making public information easily accessible and searchable. Making these documents easy-to-find will also save time by eliminating the need for some public records requests.” 

The site will be regularly updated to add new documents as they are created by the office. White says that this new section of the site will allow Mississippians to feel safe that their tax dollars are not being fraudulently spent. 

“Transparency is essential to creating trust and preventing fraud in government. It also serves as a disinfectant. When Mississippians see how an agency awards contracts, it helps prevent favoritism and corruption. People have a right to know how we do business and spend their money. This new addition to our website allows this office to simultaneously educate the public and be held accountable for its work. I encourage everyone to visit the site,” he said.

Since his appointment back in July, White has continued to discuss ways that his office can improve transparency across the state. 

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