Government Spending Transparency

Government spending transparency gives citizens and government officials the ability to monitor the public purse — saving money, preventing corruption, reducing potential, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, increasing public confidence and encouraging the achievement of a wide variety of public policy goals. 

U.S. PIRG Education Fund has encouraged transparency through incisive research that evaluates how open governments — including “off-budget” independent agencies and boards — are about providing access to information about public expenditures. Through benchmarking of best practices and advising public officials on how to be more open about financial information, we have helped bring about a race to the top for government transparency.

Reports:

Following the Money 2016: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2016


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2015


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2014


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money 2013: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2013


 

 

 

 

 

Getting Our Money's Worth?: Promoting Transparency and Accountability for Corporate Tax Subsidies in Massachusetts


 

 

 

 

 

Transparency in City Spending: Rating the Availability of Online Government Data in America's Largest Cities


 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Taxpayers in the Dark: The Urgent Need to Improve Transparency and Accountability in Wisconsin's Economic Development Subsidy Programs


 

 

 

 

 

Shining a Light on the Arizona Commerce Authority: The Need for Stronger Transparency and Accountability Standards at the State’s Economic Development Corporation


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money 2012: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2012


 

 

 

 

 

Revealing Tax Subsidies: An analysis of the first reports under Oregon’s new transparency requirements for economic development tax subsidies


 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Up Tax Increment Financing: Rethinking Chicago's Troubled Redevelopment Program


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money 2011: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2011


 

 

 

 

 

Letting the Sunlight In: Oregon Quasi-Public Agencies and the Need for Budget Transparency


 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin Spending Transparency 2.0: Online Tools for Better Government


 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Shadows: Massachusetts Quasi-Public Agencies and the Need for Budget Transparency


 

 

 

 

 

Following the Money: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data in 2010


 

 

 

 

 

California Budget Transparency 2.0: Online Tools for Better Government


 

 

 

 

 

Transparency.gov 2.0 (Oregon): Using the Internet for Budget Transparency to Increase Accountability, Efficiency and Taxpayer Confidence


 

 

 

 

 

Transparency.gov 2.0 (Massachusetts): Using The Internet For Budget Transparency To Increase Accountability, Efficiency And Taxpayer Confidence

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