Thursday, February 07, 2008

Alaska becomes 10th State to put spending online

and it is appropriately named "Checkbook online"

Link HT: Pogo

The State of Alaska is publishing information from the statewide accounting system on the web. This is part of a national trend for governments to develop websites that allow constituents to view financial information in searchable formats. Such websites are widely considered to improve transparency into the financial operations of government.

Governor Palin supports this trend, and as a result, this website was created. It includes:

» All vendors and grantees who received at least one payment of $1,000 or more in the current fiscal year through the end of December 2007. Individual payments of less than $1,000 are not included.

» Information presented includes the name and location of the vendor or grantee, the purpose of the payment, and the department that requested it.