Senators push for more transparency in government worker personnel records

Andrew Dunn March 30 2021 Carolina Journal

A growing number of senators are signing on to a bill that would make more information available to the public on government employee performance.  Under Senate Bill 355, a description of the reasons for personnel actions like suspensions, promotions, demotions, transfers, and separations would become public records.

Media members are celebrating the bill, calling it “one of the most important transparency bills in recent history,” according to an op-ed by Hendersonville Lightning publisher Bill Moss and Adams Publishing Group regional president Paul Mauney, also president of the NCPA.

“At the end of the day, what is our government trying to hide in refusing to make public the reasons for disciplining, suspending, demoting, or even firing government officials?” they wrote. “Instead of inspiring public confidence in government, blocking public access to government personnel records of this kind simply creates suspicion. And that erodes our public institutions, which are staffed by and large with principled and dedicated people.” Read more here