Wyoming launches government transparency website

WYOMING —  In an effort to make government spending more transparent, the Wyoming State Auditor’s office has launched a transparency website that hosts all of Wyoming’s state expenditure in one searchable site.

Wyoming State Auditor Kristi Racines announced the launch Wednesday afternoon. The site, called WyOpen, debuted at a Wyoming Financial Transparency Group meeting June 5 but was made public yesterday.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of WyOpen,” Racines said. “This website was created so anyone can have easy access to our state’s expenditures. Putting Wyoming’s checkbook online is a critical step in ensuring Wyoming taxpayers understand how our public funds are spent.”

WyOpen was developed internally by the Wyoming State Auditor’s Office and includes payments made by the State of Wyoming through the Wyoming Online Financial System (WOLFS) to vendors for the purchase of goods and services. The site allows users to search, view and download expenditure data by state agency, vendor name, vendor location, and expenditure category.

“Our hope is that WyOpen will continue to evolve based on user feedback and the work of the Wyoming Financial Transparency Group,” Racines explained. “WyOpen is not a final solution to transparency, but a tool to enable a better-informed public. Transparency in government should be the norm and not the exception. We still have a lot of work ahead of us and I look forward to continued transparency efforts.”

WyOpen currently displays payments made between January 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019, and payment data will be updated periodically.

 

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