Monday, June 27, 2011

OCPA Launches Government Monitoring Site

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs announced Saturday it has launched a new website,, to monitor state government data.

The site contains financial information not readily avaible before, including the pension amounts paid to retirees.

OCPA's Brandon Dutcher shares the message, "President Thomas Jefferson believed that government finances should be 'as clear and intelligible as a merchant's books' and that every citizen 'should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.' This website, sponsored by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, an independent think tank in Oklahoma City, gives citizens access to raw data provided by official government sources. The data are organized to enable you to select, sort, and share the information you want. Now that you have the ability to search the accounts, you can help bring accountability to government."  

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