Idaho's Government Transparency Grade Goes From C to F

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States shaded in pale blue got failing grades from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group for government transparency. - U.S. PIRG
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  • States shaded in pale blue got failing grades from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group for government transparency.


Idaho is failing at getting economic data and information about the state's economic development programs, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Boise State Public Radio reports.  

According to the study, which graded states based on measures of government transparency, Idaho's grade slipped from a C in 2013 to an F this year because, though some information about economic development was downloadable, it wasn't immediately searchable through the web. 

"It's one thing to have information up somewhere on the web, and if you’re an expert and you know what agency to drill down on – that’s helpful, but typically people don’t," said PIRG analyst Phineas Baxandall.

In 2013, Idaho launched a government transparency website, Transparent Idaho, which was designed to make state government data available to the public. Baxandall said that making that site searchable by keyword would help improve Idaho's grade.

Idaho is one of three states, including California and Alaska, to receive a failing grade from PIRG this year.