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Thursday, December 20, 2012

As PennWATCH Goes Live, PA Spending Becomes More Transparent

As PennWATCH Goes Live, PA Spending Becomes More Transparent, Speaker-Designate Smith Says Website will provide easier taxpayer access to government expenditures

HARRISBURG – No longer will Pennsylvania lag behind other states when it comes to finding information about how tax dollars are spent by government, Speaker-Designate Rep. Sam Smith (R-Jefferson County) said of today’s public unveiling of PennWATCH (Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub).

“We are rebuilding the faith and trust of Pennsylvania’s residents by showing how their money is spent,” Smith said. “We first unveiled the PennWATCH proposal in 2009, and it was among the first bills we passed to the Senate last session. PennWATCH will help bring stronger government accountability by allowing people to fully see where their hard-earned money is going.”

PennWATCH will make all state departmental and agency budget expenditures available online at one easy-to-use website (, which would include vendor information and lists of state contract awards. The site is going live ahead of schedule and is still being tweaked as the programmers are continuously working to make the various agency reporting systems correctly mesh together.

In the 2008-09 Session, House Republicans unveiled a detailed plan to help put state government on the right path: Pennsylvania’s Agenda for Trust in Harrisburg, or PATH. Proposals like PennWATCH help to define the path government should take to help restore the trust of Pennsylvania’s residents.

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