Gov. Scott Puts Emails Online With ‘Project Sunburst”

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Governor Rick Scott has announced a new plan to further the goal of government transparency.

“Project Sunburst” was created to keep track of state government e-mails.

E-mails to and from the Governor will be accessible to the public through an online, read-only e-mail viewer.

In addition, e-mails to and from 11 members of the Governor’s Office leadership team, who currently constitute more than 80 percent of the public records requests for e-mails, will be available. This unprecedented step gives the citizens of Florida and members of the media an open and transparent window into how their state government works.

The move by Scott comes nearly nine months after he ordered an investigation into why emails he wrote before he was sworn in as governor were deleted. That investigation is expected to be finished soon.

Scott recently signed into law a measure requiring statewide officials to preserve emails between Election Day and when they are sworn into office.

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