Gov: Soft launch of OpenBook expected in 2 weeks

Run-through with media expected before opening site to public

Published On: Dec 05 2013 05:37:41 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 08:21:27 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker said a soft launch for OpenBook Wisconsin will happen with in the next two weeks.

News 3 reported Wednesday that the Department of Administration wouldn't confirm a timeline for when the website, designed to be an online checkbook of state spending, would launch.

DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch had most recently told lawmakers in a letter that the project was still being worked on and he was "reluctant to provide a precise launch date."

Walker spoke to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Thursday about transparency issues related to their reserves and state spending. After the meeting, News 3 asked him about the delays in starting the website.

"It's one of those where probably in the next week or two we'll have a roll out with the media first so we avoid the problems the Obamacare website had," Walker said. "Years ago, when I did it at the county and I did it long before the state did, one of the things we learned from it was eventually we had to pull it down and put it back up again because there was some personally identifiable information."

Walker said they've been working to make sure that information doesn't get inadvertently released.

He said there will be a run-through of the website with the media first and then it will be open to the public.

The expected soft launch would be nearly three years after the program was originally called for in the state budget and after multiple delays in expected launch dates.