Category: Local government

See the Ohio Treasurer online checkbook request the Controlling Board approved for $2.7M

Yesterday, the Ohio Controlling Board approved a nearly $3 million two-year contract with for-profit tech start up, OpenGov Inc. of California to assist the Ohio Treasurer’s office in its effort to bring Ohioans “checkbook level” transparency for our local governments. From one article: The treasurer’s office requested $1.3 million this fiscal year and $1.425 million the following year to pay…

RFPs Reviewed: Open data opportunities for Cleveland City Council

It was exciting to read on Twitter that Cleveland City Council issued such a request for professional services last month. You can read and download it here. Proposals are due by 4pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Additionally, the Council’s website indicates that there’s an open RFP for software solutions and professional services for a City Council Legislative Management System…

[video] Open, transparent government goes beyond financial transparency

That’s the message that can be heard in the comments both Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, and I shared with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s Karen Kasler in this week’s The State of Ohio. We come on around 10 or 11 minutes into the program after Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Karen discusses the Ohio online checkbook with him and…

Plain Dealer oped on Hack Cleveland and hacking for good

It is very old school to malign hacking as a blanket statement. And sadly that’s the tone you’ll find in many of the comments at the cleveland.com publication of, “Fix 216 civic hackathon May 29-30 will look for innovative ways to fix local government, advance social justice.” It’s not that the negative connotations haven’t been earned in certain circumstances, but…