COMPTROLLER LEMBO LAUNCHES "OpenCheckbook" WITH REAL-TIME STATE
"OpenCheckbook" is the latest upgrade to "Open Connecticut" - an online hub of state financial information that Lembo first launched two years ago in an ongoing effort to simplify and centralize public access to important information about state revenue and spending.
Before today, state payment information available online was only updated once annually - and therefore became outdated, and sometimes inaccurate, shortly after becoming available, Lembo said. The new OpenCheckbook application will be updated nightly, reflecting all payments made through the state's centralized accounting system up to 24 to 48 hours prior to view.
"OpenCheckbook builds on our promise that open government is
always a work in progress, with no finish line," Lembo said. "This site now
delivers great detail on state payment information more accurately and quickly
than any other available source.
OpenCheckbook data can be explored by searching for specific payee names - whether it be a business, individual, municipality or non-profit - or by browsing by government function. The application allows the user to drill down from aggregated spending accounts all the way down to each individual payment to a payee, Lembo said.
It's important to note that not all payments are processed
through this centralized financial system and are therefore not reflected in the
information listed. More information about what is, and is not, included on
OpenCheckbook is explained in the "About" section of the feature.
Lembo said improvements to the site will continue, including a new feature expected to be complete sometime next month called "OpenBudget." That new feature will allow users to compare actual expenditures to the budgeted amounts throughout the fiscal year. The site will also provide information on revenues and capital projects.