Comptroller Kevin Lembo today launched "Open Connecticut 2.0" - a significant
update to the online hub of state financial information that he first launched
early last year in an ongoing effort to simplify and centralize public access to
important information about state revenue and spending.
Open Connecticut - located at
www.osc.ct.gov/openct -- has now been improved to include an "Open
Checkbook" section with far greater detail and nightly updates to the underlying
data. These nightly updates mean that Open Connecticut now reflects state
spending and revenue activities more accurately and timely than ever before.
The improved site allows users to search real-time revenue flow by source, which
was previously not available online. Real-time expenditure details can be viewed
by fiscal year, fund, government function, agency, department, line item and
Users can also now browse the various categories and then export datasets of
their choice using various filter options.
Prior to Open Connecticut 2.0, such data - where available - was typically
updated only once annually and the data often became stale and inaccurate
sometime after the one-time annual data dump, Lembo said.
"Open Connecticut 2.0 holds true to a promise that open government is always a
work in progress, with no finish line, that we will continue to build upon,"
Lembo said. "This update - developed completely with existing resources at no
additional cost to the state - delivers
state financial data more accurately and quickly than any other available
"The Open Connecticut makeover allows academics, researchers, policymakers,
journalists and the general public to not only view state financial information
- but also export data of their choice in a user-friendly format."
The new enhanced section of the site can be accessed through Open Connecticut's
main web address noted above - but also independently at
Lembo said additional enhancements and better information-sharing capabilities
will be added in the near future. Anticipated improvements will include
real-time data on:
"This improvement is an important leap - but not an end
point," Lembo said. "I am committed to making Connecticut government as open and
transparent as possible."
Features of Open Connecticut 2.0, and details about the new site's navigation,
General Page Navigation:
Users can review state expenditures by fund, agency or
account. State revenues can be viewed by fund, revenue source or account.
Drop down filters on the top left of each page allow users to limit results.
Users can select more than one filter choice if desired. In order to run filter
selections hit the "Apply" button. In order to clear a filter hit the "Reset"
Some tables and graphs allow users to drill down for further detail. A
drillable table is indicated with light blue descriptions.
The filter settings initiated by user selections are always shown in the
filter at the top of the page. Use the navigation buttons in the banner to
return to higher levels of analysis at any time.
Sharing Your Analysis:
Users can share their analysis by creating a prompted link and sharing it via
email or social media. A prompted link will retain the users' filter settings
when opened. In order to create a prompted link, click the drop down menu in the
top right hand corner of the screen next to the help button. Select "create
prompted link." A message will appear stating the link has been created with
instructions to copy the URL from the toolbar. Please note: If a user copies a
URL from the toolbar without creating a prompted link, the URL will not retain
the users' filter settings. Instead, the URL will bring the user to the