As Controller, Michael Lamb has put a focus on making Pittsburgh government more transparent.  Lamb created Open Book Pittsburgh, a website that allows citizens to search and view all City contracts, and campaign contributions and expenses of all candidates running for office in the City of Pittsburgh.  Lamb also released Pittsburgh’s first Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), a user-friendly version of the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that provides a clearer picture of the state of Pittsburgh’s finances and information on Pittsburgh’s demographics and government.  

Lamb defeats Rudiak in Pittsburgh controller’s race

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb deflected a challenge Tuesday from city Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, all but guaranteeing himself another four years as what he calls the “independent voice on Grant Street.” No Republicans sought their party’s nomination, so Mr. Lamb’s victory in the Democratic primary means he’ll probably sail through the general election and into a …

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette Endorsement

Today is a huge day for the campaign. This morning I received the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Endorsement. I am honored to be the choice of Pittsburgh’s largest newspaper and humbled to continue to be the fiscal watchdog that is making sure the governmental departments operate efficiently and spend taxpayer money wisely. In addition, I am …

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City of Pittsburgh’s financial data now available on website

Pittsburgh city government started an interactive web portal Wednesday that shows in detail where the city is spending taxpayer dollars. The public can readily see financial information online through Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh , designed to make data available and easy to find. But city officials acknowledge they are working out bugs. The site reflects a …

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Pittsburgh controller says Schenley rink lacks cash controls

By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb was talking about Schenley Park Ice Rink, but he could have been discussing virtually any city facility that accepts payments. “We pretty much could do this audit anywhere across the city where we are taking money across the counter,” Mr. Lamb said, calling a critical …

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