State Launches Transparency Website

MacIver News Service | January 2, 2014

[Madison, Wisc…] The State of Wisconsin is putting its business receipts online for public review on a new website announced Thursday called OpenBook.

“This website is part of my on-going commitment to making state government more transparent for the citizens of Wisconsin,” Governor Walker states in the site’s welcome message.

The Department of Administration is in charge of the project and launched OpenBook as a beta version for now.

The website will be updated every two weeks with expenditure information for goods and services, travel and vendor payments. It will cover state agencies, the legislature, the courts and the UW system.

Eventually, DOA plans to have employee salary and benefit information.

Right now the website contains over 25 million entries going back to 2008.

The website is the result of a provision in the 2011 state budget.