Treasurer Torsella Announces Increased Capabilities To Award-Winning Transparency Portal

New phase of site allows users to drill down into all departments and to generate reports

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced that one year after launching a first-in-the-nation Transparency Portal, his office has gone live with increased capabilities that give taxpayers and policymakers expanded real-time access into how Commonwealth money is being spent.

"Pennsylvanians should know—in real-time—how, when, and where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent. Each phase of the Transparency Portal lets taxpayers have a deeper look into the books, but I will not be satisfied until we have created an infrastructure that brings complete fiscal transparency and accountability to state government.”

Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella

Treasurer Torsella created the Transparency Portal shortly after taking office with taxpayers in mind. The launch of Phase 1 provided taxpayers with a first-in-the-nation ability to track the general fund balance in real time.

In June, Treasurer Torsella unveiled Phase 2 giving expanded access by offering the ability to compare the past three years of expenditures at the fund, department, and appropriation levels. Users could also track the $2.5 billion line of credit Treasury extended to the General fund for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, along with when the advancement was paid back through two installments in March and April 2017.

Today’s announcement features expanded capabilities as part of Phase 3. Pennsylvanians will now be able to evaluate the trend lines for the General Fund balance and the General Obligation bond for the past 10 years. Users can also view the historical cash balances for every fund and compare that data for the past three fiscal years, and view the expenditures for every department, fund, and appropriation. Phase 3 also provides the ability to generate and export data in multiple formats, so that accurate information is presented in a neutral form.

In December, Treasury received state and national recognition for the Transparency Portal which was created utilizing in-house resources only.

"Pennsylvanians should hold their government accountable and ensure that it’s working for them. The Transparency Portal provides the unprecedented access and tools necessary to do just that.”

Pennsylvania Treasurer, Joe Torsella
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