State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom announced today that all expenditures of stimulus funds by state agencies are available at http://www.cg.sc.gov/.
More than a half-billion stimulus dollars of an estimated $3 billion have come through state government so far.
“The debt from this spending extends far into the future of our children and grandchildren, so we owe it to those future generations to ensure the funds are spent without impropriety and with accountability and transparency,” Eckstrom said.
Visitors to the site can click on the “Stimulus Spending Transparency” button on the left side of the home page. The site will be updated monthly.
The stimulus transparency page has three files -- one sorted by the state agencies spending the funds, another sorted by the purpose of the expenditure and another sorted by vendor or recipient.
The information regarding stimulus spending will also soon be posted on the state’s official stimulus Web site, http://www.stimulus.sc.gov/.
“People deserve easy access to how this money is spent. Not only that, but when spending is done in the open, public officials are usually more accountable. They know their spending decisions will be examined by the public,” he said. “If transparency is important under ordinary circumstances, it’s even more critical with massive infusions of cash like this, which can invite opportunities for waste, mismanagement and even fraud.”