Gov. Beshear Signs Executive Order Creating Government eTransparency Task Force
Citing the need for state government to exercise openness in how it conducts business, on June 6, 2008 Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order creating an eTransparency Task Force. Under the executive order, the group will bring recommendations to the governor on the creation and implementation of a “one-stop” information access tool that will include, among other things, providing information about state expenditures and state programs.
“When I ran for governor last year, I told the people of Kentucky that my administration would bring accountability and openness back to Frankfort,” said Gov. Beshear. “By signing this executive order, I am directing this task force to develop online information resources that will allow the citizens of the commonwealth to research, access and understand non-confidential monetary transactions of state government.”
Examples of the types of information that the Governor desires to be made available include details of personal service contracts between individuals or companies and state agencies, data on expenditures in broad spending categories such as higher education and health care, and the ability to drill down deeper into detailed purchases—down to the pencils—in every agency.
The task force will be chaired by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller. Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Crit Luallen and State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach will serve as co-vice chairs.
“As State Auditor, I have made accountability for public spending a major focus of my office’s work,” said Crit Luallen, Auditor of Public Accounts. “I’m pleased to be a part of this task force as it works to make government more accessible and open to the taxpayers of the commonwealth.”
“The people of Kentucky have a right to know how their money is spent. Because state checks are generated out of the Treasurer’s Office, I made it a priority to promote an accessible system to allow citizens to track government spending,” said State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach. “The Governor’s involvement and interest in promoting fiscal transparency will ensure our ability to make this information easily available to the public.”
The eTransparency Task Force will consist of:
- Chair – Secretary of Finance and Administration Cabinet, Jonathan Miller;
- Vice Chairs – The Honorable Todd Hollenbach, Jr., State Treasurer and The Honorable Crit Luallen, Auditor of Public Accounts;
- The Honorable Jack Conway, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky or his designee;
- The Honorable Richie Farmer, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture or his designee;
- The Honorable Trey Grayson, Secretary of State or his designee;
- The State Controller or designee;
- The State Budget Director or designee;
- The State Librarian or designee;
- The Executive Director of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association or designee;
- The Executive Director of the Kentucky Press Association or designee;
- The Commissioner of the Commonwealth Office of Technology;
- The Executive Director of the Office of Legal Services for Finance and Technology, Finance and Administration Cabinet;
- The President of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce;
- The Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of State Employees;
- The Executive Director of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; and
- The Executive Director of Common Cause of Kentucky.