Treasurer Josh Mandel Receives “Public Service Award” for Contributions to Open Government in Ohio
Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel received today the “Public Service Award” from the Ohio Coalition for Open Government for his launch of OhioCheckbook.com and “achievement in public policy on open government.”
In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
“Treasurer Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com site demonstrates his strong advocacy for open government in Ohio,” said Dennis Hetzel, Executive Director of the Ohio Newspaper Association and President of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government. “OhioCheckbook.com is a terrific tool for anyone to hold government accountable or just have a better understanding of how taxpayer dollars are being spent.”
“We are proud to have launched OhioCheckbook.com and believe it is a powerful tool for taxpayers,” said Treasurer Mandel. “By posting government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
The Ohio Coalition for Open Government was established by the Ohio Newspapers Foundation in 1992. The Coalition serves as an educational resource to conduct and support activities to benefit those that seek compliance with public access laws. The Ohio Coalition for Open Government is a staunch advocate for open meetings, open records and an open and transparent government for all.
On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extended an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts. Since this invitation, over 1,025 local governments and schools have joined Treasurer Mandel’s movement for greater transparency by committing to post their spending information online.
For more information visit OhioCheckbook.com.