Monday, February 19, 2007

65,000 Employees, 2 Days, 1 Million Visitors: West Virginia's Auditor Shows Power of Price Transparency

To demonstrate the power of price transparency (or in this case salary transparency) just look at the stats reported in today's Daily Mail on the decision by West Virginia's State Auditor, Glen Gainer to publish on the West Virginia State Auditor's website the compensation of each of West Virginia's 65,000 employees.

According to the article the website received over 1 Million visitors over a two day period last week. That's one hit for every two residents of West Virginia. WOW!

Another great example of the transparency that can occur when public information is really made public through easily accessible means.

For another interesting perspective on transparency -- check out this health care example over at Running a Hospital. Read this post and this post by Paul Levy, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Tip to Lawrence Messina at Lincoln Walks At Midnight whose post first alerted me to the Auditor's decision to post public employee salary information.

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