The Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government was authorized in June 2011 (Chapters 508 & 509, Acts of 2011). Since the General Assembly has concluded that ". . . it is in Maryland's best interest to continue to build on and improve citizen engagement in all aspects of our government . . .", the Committee charge is to provide continuing Legislative oversight regarding transparency and open government. It also will identify areas in which the State can improve its technology and websites to increase transparency and citizen involvement in government. In addition, the Committee is to make recommendations to increase citizen access to government resources, publications, and actions.