The recent news in the Oakland Press about the City of Oak Park’s former clerk siphoning $433,000 out of the city’s coffers over a 2-year period made me think … would a higher level of transparency by the city have been able to thwart such an incident?
Within the Munetrix toolbox is a Dynamic Check Register that takes the transparency discussion to the next level. Local governments have the ability to export their vendor accounts payable files directly from their accounting software into a publicly accessible, searchable database. Some refer to this as “Open Checkbook” but it by itself is only a fraction what it takes to truly be transparent. [Read more…] about Can Open Checkbooks Promote Transparency In Local Governments and Prevent Theft?