What is OhioCheckbook.com?

OhioCheckbook.com is a first-of-its-kind government transparency website that shows taxpayers exactly how their tax money is being spent. This initiative sets a new national standard for transparency in state and local government.

In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Josh Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data. Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency because of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

In April 2016, U.S. PIRG released their “Following the Money 2016” report and Treasurer Mandel once again earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year.

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1. What is OhioCheckbook.com?
2. Who do I contact if I have a question about the data on OhioCheckbook.com?
3. Why did the Treasurer's Office create OhioCheckbook.com?
4. What can I do with the information I find on OhioCheckbook.com?
5. Where does the checkbook expenditure data come from?
6. How often is the checkbook expenditure data updated?
7. How many expenditure records are in the online checkbook?
8. Why are Expense Types separated into groups of "FY2008 - 2014" and "FY2015 - present" when listed in the predictive search bar results?
9. Does the state use credit cards? Are those purchases found on OhioCheckbook.com?
10. Why does some expenditure data list the vendor as "Contact Agency for more information"
11. What does it mean when "Agency Journal" is listed as the payee?
12. What is the difference between an Expense Category, Expense Type and Expense Code?
13. What is the Compare tool?
14. What do the "$", "%" and "Vs. Average" buttons do when I am looking at Compare results?
15. What is the difference between a Voucher ID and a Check Number?
16. Why do I only see a partial list of expenditures on some of my searches?
17. I found a negative value for an amount paid. How is that possible?
18. Can I export into a spreadsheet the expenditure data found on OhioCheckbook.com?
19. How long will it take for me to download a .csv file of expenditure data?
20. Can I download expenditure data in Microsoft Excel?
21. Why does my Excel download not list the date of each transaction?
22. Can I do a bulk download of a year's worth of expenditures?
23. What web browser should I use to best view OhioCheckbook.com?