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Problems Found With Massachusetts Open Checkbook Website

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Another government website has been found to have some glitches.

There were problems this week with the online Open Checkbook in Massachusetts.  According to the Boston Globe the site provided incomplete information about public contracts and would not work at all when accessed with certain internet browsers.  The open checkbook, launched two years ago, is intended to provide transparency on how taxpayer money is spent, according to Charlie Schweik at the UMass Center for Public Policy and Administration

" Open and transparent data is always a good thing in a democracy."

The Massachusetts online health insurance market place was also troubled for several weeks by freeze-ups and faulty links.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.