Transparency in City Spending
Rating the Availability of Online Government Data in America's Largest Cities
The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Transparency in government spending checks corruption, bolsters public confidence, improves responsiveness, and promotes greater effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.
Cities across the country have been moving toward making their checkbooks transparent by creating transparency portals and posting recipient-specific spending data online. Currently, 17 of America’s 30 most populous cities provide online databases of government expenditures with “checkbook-level” detail. Online checkbooks in most cities are searchable, making it easier for residents to follow the money and monitor government spending.
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