Husted, Sprague Unveil the New OhioCheckbook.gov
In an announcement today, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague unveiled OhioCheckbook.gov. The new transparency website combines OhioCheckbook.com (previously administered by the Treasurer’s office) and Ohio’s Interactive Budget (previously operated by the Office of Budget and Management) to create a single, one-stop resource for taxpayers hoping to learn more about spending at the state and local levels of government.
By streamlining website administration and eliminating duplication,
the partnership between the DeWine-Husted Administration and Treasurer Sprague
maintains the features of both sites while delivering a projected savings of
around $900,000 per year.
“By working together, we’ve delivered a better, more transparent
service for Ohioans and the media, while also doing it at a lower cost. Using
technology and collaboration to improve customer service has been a goal of
InnovateOhio and this is another positive example of how you can achieve that
success,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted.
“When government works together, it serves its people better,”
said Treasurer Sprague. “We’re proud to partner with the DeWine-Husted
Administration to increase government transparency while saving taxpayer
dollars. This second generation of the Ohio Checkbook includes all state
revenues instead of just expenditures, and now we can provide Ohioans with a
complete fiscal picture of our state. The new and improved website shares more
information at a lower cost and gives us a broader technology platform to
ensure the future of the Ohio Checkbook.”
In November 2019, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Treasurer Robert
Sprague announced a new collaboration to ensure the Ohio Checkbook
remains a valuable and accessible resource for taxpayers in the years to come.
The initiative merges and consolidates the functions and data previously hosted
through OhioCheckbook.com and the Ohio Interactive Budget website, placing them
under one roof.
“Ohio citizens expect and deserve transparency about government
revenue and spending, and OBM is proud to collaborate with Treasurer Sprague,
Lt. Gov. Husted and InnovateOhio to provide a single, comprehensive data source
that is easy to use – and that is more effective and saves real taxpayer
dollars,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks. “We encourage all Ohioans to
explore the new site to find out how your tax dollars are being used to make
Ohio the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Day-to-day management of the new OhioCheckbook.gov will be
administered in collaboration between the Ohio Treasurer’s office and the
Office of Budget and Management (OBM) with the support of the Office of
Information Technology (OIT).
OhioCheckbook.gov now features real-time reporting of state
expenditures from Ohio’s Interactive Budget along with local government
spending data from OhioCheckbook.com. Local government participation on the
website is voluntary and spending detail is updated as often as participating
entities provide the information to the state.
Today’s announcement has drawn praise from several stakeholders
across Ohio, including Robert Alt, President and CEO of The Buckeye Institute.
“The Buckeye Institute is proud to have pioneered public spending
databases in Ohio and has worked tirelessly to increase government transparency
for more than three decades,” said Alt. “Accordingly, we applaud Ohio Treasurer
Robert Sprague, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, and the Office of Budget and
Management for creating a single, easy-to-use online platform that empowers
Ohioans to hold officials at all levels of government accountable for their
Husted, Sprague Announce New Ohio Checkbook Partnership (11/20/2019)
Jon Husted is the 66th and current Lt. Governor of Ohio. He serves as the Director of InnovateOhio, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, and oversees the Common Sense Initiative (CSI). You can learn more at www.LG.Ohio.gov.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $20 billion investment and $10 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.