For government numbers geeks

by David Safier

This is way above my pay grade, but any of you who like to wade through numbers detailing Arizona's financial activities can go to town at Arizona Open Books, a new website from the General Accounting Office.

OpenBooks.az.gov is the State of Arizona's official transparency web site, created in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Section 41-725. It is a searchable, user-friendly public site that serves as a single point of reference for citizens to view information about the financial activities of the State of Arizona.

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Financial information for FY11 is current through September 30th, 2010. It is scheduled to be updated through December 31st, 2010, by mid-February, 2011.

As you can see from the last paragraph, this is more about recent history than current, day-to-day information.

UPDATE: I just got a comment to this post which says, "Arizona PIRG put together an analysis of what's good about the website and where it needs to be improved. Thought you might be interested in checking it out." Here's the PIRG website.

0 responses to “For government numbers geeks

  1. I think this website is a great step forward for government transparency in Arizona and brings us in line with the dozens of other states that have already launched similar sites.

    Arizona PIRG put together an analysis of what’s good about the website and where it needs to be improved. Thought you might be interested in checking it out:
    http://cdn.publicinterestnetwork.org/assets/a09a8301f9ff59b91d30a1069202043c/Arizona-PIRG-Ed-Fund-analysis-of-AZ-budget-transparency-website.pdf