|Implementing the Taxpayers Right to Know Act, which would require the government to provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of government programs, could dramatically impact the public sector. This proposed legislation would work to eliminate waste and inefficiency by identifying duplicate services across agencies and terminating outdated and unnecessary initiatives. The estimated cost?100 million dollars.In order to prepare for this proposed legislation, you may want to start thinking about how your organization can ensure it’s disclosing information about the services it offers in a timely, cost-effective manner. Providing citizens with access and opportunity to evaluate this information will give them clarity and a general understanding of everything your entity has to offer. Plus, it can be a great way to involve citizens in improving the efficacy and efficiency of government programs and services—both at federal and local levels. If your agency is looking for ways to become more transparent without breaking the bank, keep reading.|
Cost-effective communication methods
Regardless of what you communicate and how, be sure important contact information is readily available for citizens to direct questions, concerns and feedback to. Be sure the information you provide is easily accessible, accurate and up-to-date—the more transparent you can be, the better.
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