The Office of the General Treasurer wanted to make state spending more transparent, and government operations more accountable. The project has taken on special relevance in years of fiscal crisis, when Rhode Islanders need confidence in state government on the whole. The Office of the General Treasurer created this pilot program as an innovative yet inexpensive solution, with intentions for other state departments and agencies to follow suit.
We recommend using our convenient contact form for a prompt response to any and all questions about the site, from user issues to data inquiries. We welcome all feedback, and endeavor to respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If you prefer contacting us by phone, please leave a message with constituent services at the Office of the General Treasurer (222-2397) and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
The figures presented on this website come directly from Treasury “Accounts Payable” expenditures recorded in RIFANS, the state accounting system. All state departments and agencies use this system. Once per week the data is pulled automatically from RIFANS and reported directly on this site with no manual interference. If Treasury has expended funds, it will appear on this website. However, the data does not include General Ledger adjustments which modify final expenditure amounts.
The figures you see on this website are all of Treasury’s Accounts Payable expenditures, which are like outgoing items in a personal checkbook. The data is updated on a weekly basis and is cumulative. The “payees” are sorted by expenditure category, reflecting the way that the state keeps track of expenditures in its accounting system.
Data is extracted from RIFANS once weekly, and the website is updated to reflect cumulative figures.
Not yet. We firmly believe that transparency and accountability are necessary to good government in Rhode Island, and we've designed this site with other agencies in mind. The program we created can easily be used by other organizations, and modified to fit their specific operations and needs. We have been in conversation with other agencies to join our project, and hope to see a full roster of other state departments and agencies in this project.
Not much—yet. We expect that may change soon due to recently introduced federal legislation, as well as general constituent interest. There are a handful of states that have created similar projects, many of them by legislative mandate; you can access a helpful overview of these efforts here.
The data reported here are actual, unaudited expenditures, which are like outgoing items in a checkbook. At the end of each fiscal year, the numbers may change due to standard accounting procedures. For more information, please see explanations for accounting variances here.
Not yet. The accounts payable data that we are using does not reflect all adjustments and accruals. This is our best effort to make state spending transparent, and we hope to expand or enhance features as we continue project developments.