Caesar Rodney Institute Launches Transparency Web Site7/7/2009
DelawareSpends.com unveiled in effort to increase accountability in government through a user-friendly, searchable online database of state government spending.
DOVER – In recent years the calls for improving accountability and transparency in Delaware’s state government have increased tremendously. As is evident with the State of Delaware’s recent budget shortfall, now more than ever, Delaware’s residents, business leaders and elected officials need to thoroughly analyze how every tax dollar is being spent.
To this end, the Caesar Rodney Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, research and educational institute, has today unveiled DelawareSpends.com – to provide a new, clear look into how state and local tax dollars are spent.
Building upon the movement for open government in Delaware, DelawareSpends.com offers searchable databases of the following public information:
- The entire payroll of all state employees for 2009 (including the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government);
- The entire payroll of all Delaware school district employees for 2009;
- The entire listing of all check payments to vendors from the state for fiscal years 2006, 2007 and 2008 (includes executive branch, judicial branch and school district expenditures; does not include legislative branch expenditures);
- The entire payroll of Kent County employees for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and
- The entire payroll of Sussex County employees for 2009.
- The entire listing of vendor payments for New Castle County for fiscal years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (through June 16).
“Delaware Spends is the most thorough and comprehensive government transparency website in Delaware – encompassing not just state data, but county data as well. Making this information available in a user-friendly format will help achieve more efficiencies and effectiveness from government,” stated Garrett Wozniak, policy director for the Caesar Rodney Institute.
He continued, “With this information, all Delawareans can see just where their tax dollars are being spent. Collectively, we can identify duplicative services within levels of government and between levels of government.”
Payrolls are searchable by first and last name, title, department, agency, wages, benefits and total compensation.
Vendor payment information is searchable by vendor name, vendor address, department, agency, amount of purchase and description/categorization of purchase.
DelawareSpends.com will expand in the near future to include additional payroll and spending information from Delaware’s 57 municipalities as well as state contracts and disbursements to local governments and school districts.
“Of all the information that is now available at the public’s fingertips, it is the checkbook data that the Caesar Rodney Institute is most interested in analyzing,” Wozniak said. “There are tremendous cost savings available if we can dig into the data and find them.”
A few examples of what you will find are listed below.
The Caesar Rodney Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, research and educational organization founded in 2008. CRI is an affiliate of the State Policy Network and is committed to being a catalyst for improved performance, accountability, and efficiency in Delaware government. For more information, please visit www.caesarrodney.org.