Vigilance Committee releases transparency survey

Vigilance Committee (file photo)

In an effort to promote openness and transparency in government, the Vigilance Committee has released a non-partisan survey to all senatorial candidates regarding their agenda for openness and transparency in government.

“It’s become increasingly clear that public officials are choosing to cherry-pick information to disclose rather than following the spirit of the Open Government and Freedom of Information laws. Openness and transparency is key to holding public officials accountable. We have an opportunity in front of us to change the way our government discloses governmental decision-making so the public is more clearly informed without the need to ask,” stated Lee Webber of the Vigilance Committee. “This will involve a variety of initiatives that would ensure the public has access to user-friendly government websites and broader access to government data. It will also require our lawmakers to review and take action on measures that would reinforce the Open Government and Sunshine laws in a broader attempt to involve the public in governmental decision-making.”

The publication deadline for senatorial candidates to respond to the survey is Friday, October 09, 2020 at 5:00 PM. If a candidate does not respond, the publication will state “Did Not Respond” under the candidate name. The responses to the nonpartisan survey will be published verbatim at the following website: www. on Monday, October 12, 2020. All candidates for senator have been emailed a link to complete the non-partisan survey.

While partisan political activity is permitted as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(4) of the Guam Territorial Income Tax Law, the Vigilance Committee will not be supporting or opposing any candidate for public office. The Vigilance Committee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to requiring compliance with the Open Government Law and the Sunshine Reform Act by public officials and government representatives; and to promote ways to improve the dissemination and disclosure of information to the general public.