Tag: Josh Mandel

This Week in Open, August 18, 2015

Education is in the news, and not just because school is back in session for many students. NEWS: While improvement in state-level financial transparency was on display at the City Club last week as Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel demo’d an online checkbook (our Storify gives a good look at the highlights), the Sunlight Foundation has given Ohio a “D” when…

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…

This Week in Open, July 14, 2015

Nothing slowed down in open data news during our two-week hiatus so let’s jump right in. NEWS: Hot off the presses: Jackie Borchardt reports that the Ohio online checkbook is, “out of date.” On the heels of a call for more disclosure by Common Cause Ohio, the Plain Dealer editorial board wants more regular and frequent campaign finance reporting in…

[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,…

The death penalty and open data

One of the most memorable lectures I sat through in law school occurred in my first year criminal law class. The professor was grilling us on the reasons why anyone might support the death penalty. We came up with seven or eight, maybe nine. And while they weren’t mutually exclusive, some of them had nothing to do with any of…