What challenges led you to OpenGov?
Transparency is a principal priority of the Treasurer’s Office. The mission of the office is to promote education, access, and opportunity for individuals and governmental bodies across the state to give families the tools to achieve the American Dream. Treasurer Frerichs is committed to fulfilling this mission in a highly professional and ethical manner, while striving for transparency, efficiency, and preservation of public trust. Therefore, we want to be as transparent as possible in how we invest our money, how we bank the state’s money, and the performance of our programs.
Transparency is a key component for effective governing and ensures there’s trust in the government because we are accountable to the people.
Before using OpenGov, the majority of the information online was static, non-interactive, and not user-friendly. We wanted to provide constantly updated data in a user-friendly manner and provide information on programs for which this Office previously did not inform the public.
“OpenGov is a key partner we utilize to execute and achieve our transparency goals, our civic engagement goals, and to achieve internal efficiencies in terms of data preparation and reporting objectives. They are definitely an important partner in achieving those high-level strategic objectives.”
Max Dulberger, Director, Corporate Engagement & Investment Operations, Illinois State Treasurer
Why did you choose OpenGov?
Seeing the real examples of how OpenGov is facilitating transparency and civic engagement in other governments really helped us envision what we could do with it. The fact that other governments are successfully using it, gave them credibility. We also found the cost and price manageable, and the level of responsiveness and detail received in the RFP was notable. OpenGov gave us confidence that they could execute the level of responsibility and transparency we needed.
We also found that OpenGov as a software solution is up-to-date, easy to utilize, and enables us to tell more of a story about what we do in the Treasurer’s Office to serve the people of Illinois.