STATE EXPENDITURES: SEARCHABLE DATABASE
House Bill 4096
Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Cotter
Committee: Oversight, Reform, and Ethics
Complete to 5-7-12
A SUMMARY OF HOUSE BILL 4096 AS INTRODUCED 1-18-11
Under the bill, the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget would issue directives to require that all state agencies provide the department with the following information regarding the expenditure of state funds:
· the name and principal location of the entity receiving the funds
· the amount of state funds
· the type of transaction
· the funding state agency
· the budget source of the funds
· a descriptive purpose of the funding action or expenditure
· any other information required by the department
Not later than January 1, 2012, the DTMB would be required to develop and operate a searchable website accessible by the public at no cost, to access the information provided (as described above). The bill specifies, however, that information considered confidential by state or federal law would not be disclosed. The bill defines "expenditure of state funds" to mean the expenditures of all appropriated or non-appropriated funds by a state agency that includes, but is not limited to, state purchases, contract and subcontracts, and grants.
House 4096 would increase costs for all state agencies. All state agencies would incur administrative and data collection costs to comply with the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget directive required under the provisions of the bill. It is unknown whether these increased costs would be absorbed under current appropriation levels.
The Department of Technology, Management, and Budget would be required to create a searchable website. The department would incur certain startup costs in the creation of the website, but no estimate as to cost has been provided at this time. Additionally, the department would incur certain administrative and website maintenance costs on an ongoing basis.
Fiscal Analyst: Ben Gielczyk
■ This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.