Background and Summary
Summer 2020 saw Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague unveil the new and much-improved OhioCheckbook.gov. The website serves as a singular resource for public financial information and includes a series of interactive dashboard views which allow Ohioans to easily navigate, research, and learn more about spending at the state and local levels of government.
This financial website and its interactive dashboards are a combination of two previous state financial resources: OhioCheckbook.com (previously administered by the Treasurer’s office) and Ohio’s Interactive Budget (previously operated by the Office of Budget and Management (OBM)). By combining and streamlining all of this critical information, the state now offers a one-stop-shop on Ohio’s financial expenditures that is accessible to the public.
Data Used in the Analysis
Datasets from both the Ohio Treasurer’s office, which tracks local government spending, and Office of Budget and Management OAKS enterprise financial system, which reports on state expenditures data, were combined within the Ohio Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI) Tableau Platform to build the new OhioCheckbook.gov.
Empowering the Public with the most up-to-date state financial data
As an extension of the state financial system, the Ohio Checkbook website and its Tableau visuals create the most comprehensive, transparent source of information on state financial and transactional data, updated on a daily basis.
“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.”
All Ohioans have the opportunity to visualize and filter data concerning state agencies, local governments and schools, pension fund revenues and salaries, expenses, budgets, and public salaries. This streamlined pathway to provide information on government spending has limited administrative overhead and is subsequently projected to result in annual savings to the state and Ohio taxpayers.
“When government works together, it serves its people better,” Sprague said. “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.”