Transparency and Public Accountability


Transparency and Public Accountability 

These initiatives build trust among both our internal and external stakeholders—especially Wisconsin taxpayers—and highlight our commitment to use resources responsibly.​


We understand that strong community relationships are the building blocks of success, so we must work closely with those engaged with the DOC. Our initiatives in this area help us fulfill our mission to serve the people of Wisconsin with transparency by allowin​​g them to be part of the decision-making process. We will focus on building trust among internal and external stakeholders to demonstrate our commitment to responsible and accountable decision-making in matters involving our staff, Persons in Our Care and Wisconsin taxpayers.​


  • Reallocated staff positions to expand the Office of Public Affairs, adding three new positions in the areas of constituent services, stakeholder engagement and digital/social media, enhancing both internal and external outreach efforts

  • Reorganized the open records process for the agency

  • Increased engagement efforts with both staff and criminal justice advocacy groups in the community, enhancing the agency’s capacity to generate and maintain support for its mission and strategic initiatives

  • Made key additions to the agency’s public website, including a COVID-19 page/dashboard and a Town Halls page, helping both the public and staff stay up-to-date with agency-related topics 

  • Utilized Zoom teleconferencing software to host three virtual town hall events with the Secretary during the last half of 2020, obtaining valuable input on DOC initiatives from various stakeholders