Washingtonians often have questions about public finances that involve the state’s Operating Budget, Capitol Budget, and Transportation Budget. The answers to many of these questions can be found at www.fiscal.wa.gov, an online resource designed to display data for budgets, revenues, expenditures and much more fiscal information, which is maintained by staff outside of the Office of the State Treasurer.
The website is routinely updated with the latest data for: budgets as budget proposals are made public; for revenues, expenditures, and staffing, on a monthly basis as monthly actual data are finalized; for historical data, as those data are updated to reflect changes in budget formats; and for workloads, caseloads, performance measures, and performance audits, as websites that display those data are updated. In these ways, the Fiscal Information website improves public access to state fiscal data and promotes government transparency through greater government accountability.
Office of Financial Management (OFM) executes ongoing responsibilities regarding collecting, organizing, validating, and verifying statewide fiscal data and routinely transmits those data to Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee. Among other responsibilities, LEAP provides reporting systems to the Legislature and to other audiences as well. The Fiscal Information website utilizes new technologies to provide flexible access to this information.
To get answers to frequently asked questions about state finances, visit www.fiscal.wa.gov.