Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Improve Transparency, Accountability in State Government
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Directive 2019-11 at the Michigan Press Association’s annual luncheon to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act by closing loopholes and fostering a more user-friendly process within departments and agencies through the use of transparency liaisons to facilitate public requests.
“State government must be open, transparent and accountable to taxpayers,” said Whitmer. “I’m signing this executive directive to ensure that Michiganders have open access to state records and meetings, and to help the public navigate their state government. This is an important step to infuse integrity in governance and earn back public trust.”
In 2015, the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity conducted a national study of state ethics and transparency laws and safeguards, which found that Michigan was the least transparent state in the nation.
Executive Directive 2019-11 expands the reach and effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act to create a more transparent state government by: