Navigator Award Finalist: Chelsa Wagner and Team, Allegheny County Controller’s Office

In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh and surrounding jurisdictions, Controller Chelsa Wagner and her members of her team, Amy Weise, Tony Cholewinski, and Mario Rudolph, have fully embraced transparency efforts to make government accounting more accessible to residents and other local stakeholders. They’re using financial management and data tools from OpenGov, a Redwood City, California-based cloud-based company that works with more than 1,200 public agencies across the nation. Allegheny County’s old system simply wasn’t set up for rapid reporting and knowledge-sharing. Delayed reporting means delayed decisionmaking. And that’s when time can really matter.