Adam Andrzejewski: How Posting All Public Spending Online Can Transform U.S. Public Policy
"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman," wrote Louis Brandeis in 1914.
January 23, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N Wilke Rd
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
Today, the Freedom of Information Act and internet make it possible to post online all spending at the federal, state, and local levels. This kind of radical transparency can transform U.S. public policy.
Today, OpenTheBooks.com is the largest private repository of U.S. public-sector spending. With Honorary Chairman Dr. Tom Coburn, the mission of OpenTheBooks.com is to post "every dime, online, in real time." OpenTheBooks.com has captured 5 billion government-spending records, including nearly all disclosed federal government spending since 2000; 48 of 50 state checkbooks; and 21.7 million public employee salary and pension records across America.
OpenTheBooks.com exposed the $20 million luxury-art procurement program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which forced a public apology from the V.A. Secretary and the adoption of new rules to stop the abuse (2016). In 2017, the group literally mapped the swamp in their oversight report, Mapping The Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State. Recently, the group showcased 1.7 million highly compensated public employees who earned $100,000+ costing taxpayers $1 trillion (2018) from nearly every level of government across America.
In Fall 2018, OpenTheBooks launched a public policy campaign in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today urging President Donald Trump to declare “War on Waste.” Their efforts helped galvanize Trump’s order to cut five-percent of agency spending.
The group's aggressive transparency and forensic auditing of government spending has led to the assembly of grand juries, indictments, successful prosecutions, congressional briefings and hearings, subpoenas, and Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits, administrative policy changes, federal legislation, and much more.
Watch the live-stream below starting at 6 p.m. CT on Jan 23.
Adam AndrzejewskiCEO/founder of OpenTheBooks.comAdam Andrzejewski is an entrepreneur and the CEO/founder of OpenTheBooks.com. Before dedicating his life to public service, Adam co-founded HomePages Directories, a $20 million publishing company (1997-2007). His works have been featured by Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Real Clear Politics, NBC News, FOX News, CNN, and many other prominent news platforms. Recently, Andrzejewski spoke at Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, and the Columbia School of Journalism. In September, Adam was a guest on Brian Lamb’s hour-long C-SPAN Q&A program. As a contributor for Forbes, Adam’s editorials have earned more than 3 million views. In 2010, Adam, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, ran for governor of Illinois. Adam is married to Kerry. They live in Hinsdale, Illinois with their three daughters.
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