Category: Transparency reform

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…

CALL IN TOMORROW: The Sound of Ideas will highlight civic hacking

The role public open data plays in strengthening our communities, especially in the hands of community members, gets a radio-hour’s worth of attention tomorrow: On WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas, 9:00am on 90.3: From crumbling roads to collecting trash to fighting crime, there are a lot of challenges facing communities, What if technology could help solve the problems? Now, you…

[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…

[audio]: Open data advocates are greedy

This morning, WCPN broadcast a four-minute story, “Open Data Advocates Like Ohio Transparency Moves, But Want More.” That is exactly right. From the transcript: There’s an increasing amount of information online about what government is doing. And for data nerds, public spending watchdogs or the unapologetically nosy, it’s exciting. But while open data advocates are happy with what’s being offered,…

Video, original documents from the US Department of Justice Cleveland Consent Decree

Many thanks to Cleveland City Councilman, Brian Cummins, for posting numerous items related to today’s announcement and release of the United States Department of Justice consent decree with the City of Cleveland concerning its police department. Here is the full video of the announcement, made at 1:30pm today in Cleveland: Finally, the USDOJ has posted (and you can download from…

Read Cleveland Police Department – U.S. Department of Justice Consent Decree

First reports indicate that the collection and analysis of crime and police force data are a part of the consent decree announced today between the City of Cleveland’s police department and the United States Department of Justice. With the civic hackathon Fix 216 at the end of this week focused on related data and a national day of civic hacking…