Government must be accountable to the people and it is essential that citizens feel confident that their tax dollars are being used efficiently and wisely.
That’s why Kentucky’s Open Door launched on January 1, 2009.
Kentucky’s Open Door is a user-friendly portal that enables citizens to access substantial and substantive financial data about their government, ranging from big-picture budget summaries, to individual government contracts.
The site is not static and is ever-evolving and ever-improving. With a continuing goal to refine and supplement the site, providing more and more information to Kentucky taxpayers in an easy-to-access format is the goal of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. And we treasure YOUR input.
Kentucky’s Open Door is one of the nation’s finest transparency web sites. It is a bi-partisan, multi-agency effort that continues to make Kentucky state government more accountable and responsible to the people of the Commonwealth.
History of Open Door
In the spring of 2008, then Governor Steve Beshear issued an Executive Order to establish the e-Transparency Task Force. The Task Force was a 14-member, bi-partisan panel chaired by the Finance and Administration Secretary. All of the state’s constitutional officers were committed to providing a more transparent, accountable state government that helps eliminate wasteful spending and restores public faith in its leaders.
To that end, the governor charged the task force with the establishment of Kentucky’s Open Door, a Web site designed to provide a one-stop venue where citizens can review how their tax dollars are being spent, as well as obtain other vital information about state-funded programs.
A concerted, expedited, multi-agency effort—led by the Finance and Administration Cabinet, with extensive cooperation of representatives of every state agency, including the staffs of the other, independently-elected constitutional officers—solicited dozens of ideas from members of the public through testifying at task force hearings or emailing their ideas via the Finance Cabinet’s website.
View the History of e-Transparency