Transparent Idaho Press Release
Chief Deputy Controller
State Controller Brandon Woolf Releases New
Transparent Idaho Platform
BOISE, Idaho (June 4, 2019) – Idaho State
Controller Brandon Woolf announced today the release of an updated Transparent
Idaho portal featuring quicker, easier access to even more state spending data.
This statewide transparency effort
streamlines the user experience and illuminates each dollar as it works its way
through the complexities of government.
"We are making Transparent Idaho a
single source of truth for our financial data," Woolf said. "Every
dollar spent by any state entity is the citizen’s money – we must never forget
that. This effort is critical to our efforts to provide a clear vision of state
spending for all Idahoans while providing the most value out of every taxpayer
The new Transparent Idaho portal is
modernized to offer an intuitive and interactive user interface that is mobile
friendly. Reporting functionality allows users to drill into data sets,
download data and share any research on social media platforms or via email.
The initial iteration of the portal broke
new ground in 2013, allowing citizens instant access to static spending reports
and other government data. The new version builds on that concept, introducing
new functions that include:
• Data filtering to clear out the
background noise and focus only on the data needed;
• Visual learning automatically configured
to your relevant data;
• A new interface that is easier to
navigate from both computer and smart phone; and
• Share your findings on social media or
via email with just a click.
"The new Transparent Idaho web site
delivers on my goal of making government responsive, transparent and
accountable," said Governor Brad Little. "I applaud Controller Woolf
for his dedication to making state government information more accessible for
all of our citizens."
The long-term Transparent Idaho vision
includes encouraging all public entities within the state to voluntarily
provide financial data to Transparent Idaho – creating a clearing house for
data from the state, school districts, taxing districts, cities and counties.
Transparent Idaho is a website designed to
give the public a full view of government spending, using light to illuminate
government finances and increase citizen trust in the state of Idaho. State
Controller Brandon Woolf partnered with OpenGov in 2018 to build the system.
Idaho State Controller
The elected State Controller is the chief
fiscal officer of state government and manages Idaho’s fiscal affairs, which
includes paying all obligations of the state, processing payroll for all state
employees, publishing Idaho’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), as
well as maintaining the centralized financial management reporting and
accounting systems. Controller Brandon Woolf is committed to conducting the
business of government in an open and transparent manner and leads efforts to
improve the openness of government operations, cut costs and increase
accountability in state government. http://www.sco.idaho.gov