During the past decade there was probably not a wannabe candidate or incumbent for any public office who hasn’t promised to improve government transparency. “Transparency” has become the cliché word of choice among those who want it and those who eagerly promise to deliver it.
What is “government transparency?” It turns out that there is no universally accepted definition (Surprise! Surprise!).
Still, the Congressional Research Service has decided to produce a report titled Government Transparency and Secrecy: An Examination of Meaning and Its Use in the Executive Branch. The highly unclassified 39-page report was dated November 8, 2012.