Gov. Scott's transparency initiative frustrates open govt advocates
Bad news and controversy are routine in the vast state government under Florida Gov. Rick Scott's control. But don't look for clues in Project Sunburst, Scott's program for email transparency.
That's because Scott doesn't use email as a primary form of communication, and neither does his top aide, chief of staff Adam Hollingsworth.
Workers at state agencies also are wary of using email to alert Scott's inner circle (and consequently the media) to impending trouble.
Anyone can access the email of Scott and his top aides at www.flgov.com/sunburst. But if Sunburst were designed to end secrecy in state government, it hasn't.
"It's been a disappointment to say the least," said Barbara Petersen of the First Amendment Foundation, who had high hopes because the search for email from Scott's office had been costly and time-consuming.
"The manipulation of content and lack of substantive communications — there's simply not much there of any real value to the public," Petersen said.