Office of Ken Cuccinelli Press Release
UPDATE (November 26, 2013) - New functionality has been added to the web site so budget figures are now broken down on a MONTHLY basis, rather than the original quarterly basis, to provide more detailed data for citizens. This improvement was originally slated for December, but was completed ahead of schedule.
RICHMOND (November 8, 2013) - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli today unveiled a program that puts his office's full budget on the web for public inspection. His transparency web site allows the public to view the budget and expenses of the attorney general's office line item by line item.
"This information was always available for the public to review through Freedom of Information Act requests, but in keeping with my commitment to government transparency, I wanted to give our citizens even easier access to this information by putting everything online," said Cuccinelli. "My information technology and finance teams have been working for months to create something that was concise and understandable."
He continued, "Our citizens deserve to know how government spends their money on their behalf. This is all part of being accountable to the taxpayers."
The home page of the attorney general's office's web site, ag.virginia.gov, now contains a button entitled "View Office of the Attorney General Expenditures." The button takes users to the office's transparency page, which includes
1) a link to the office's virtual "checkbook" of expenditures. The checkbook feature has been on the web site for three years and shows the office's detailed expenditures; and
2) a new link to the office's full operating budget. Users can now view the entire office's budget down to the line item, including the amount budgeted for each purpose, and the actual amount spent. They can also click on an organizational chart to view the budgets of specific divisions of the office, such as the Health, Education, and Social Services division or the Public Safety and Enforcement division. Line items include salaries, the cost of health insurance, postage, travel, technology costs, and more.
The web site also provides a glossary that details what each line item means.
The budget data is from July 2011 through the last complete quarter, September 2013.
Cuccinelli and Del. Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) authored and passed legislation in the 2009 General Assembly session to put the "checkbooks" of all agencies online for citizens to access. Those checkbooks reside at the Auditor of PublicAccounts 'CommonwealthhData pointt web site and show individual expenditures by agency.
The AG's web site works in conjunction with the Datapoint site and includes a link to it, but takes it a few steps further and puts all the expenses in perspective by showing them in the context of the entire office budget.