The Patrick Administration launched “Informed Massachusetts” – a user-friendly website [which can be found at http://www.mass.gov/informedma] that consolidates the Open Government and Transparency web pages previously found on Mass.gov. Informed Massachusetts pulls together these sites into a unified portal, creating a user-friendly site through which citizens can quickly and easily find information
From this site, citizens can also get details on elected officials, locate laws on topics that are of interest or obtain information on any city or town in Massachusetts. The Patrick Administration has worked to ensure state government keeps taxpayers informed of how the state is using resources to deliver real results. As part of this commitment, the Commonwealth has launched tools and implemented reforms over past years to change the way government does business and help the public understand how state government works, including establishing an Office of Commonwealth Performance, Accountability and Transparency (CPAT), a new MassResults program to bring together key initiatives focused on making state government more effective, more accountable and more open, the Open Checkbook and publishing the budget in program format.
Cumulatively, the Open Government and Transparency websites contained many helpful links and information for citizens, including Open Checkbook. This information has earned the Commonwealth consistent recognition from national advocacy groups such as US PIRG, who rate Massachusetts as a leader in transparency with an “A-“ grade, and the Sunshine Review, who gave the Commonwealth a 92/100 score.