An open Checkbook: New state website promises fiscal transparency in real time

The Journal Record
Christian Tabak

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday the launch of the state government’s new “Oklahoma Checkbook,” an updated web database designed to provide the public with real-time data on the state’s expenses and budgets.


While U.S. PIRG had found Oklahoma to be one of the more transparent states when it came to providing financial documentation to the public, that transparency plummeted when the nonprofit decided to include navigation of internet resources to the list of qualifications.

“While Oklahoma maintains one of the most up-to-date spending databases at the moment, it fails to make that information readily available to the average 21st-century user,” said R.J. Cross of Frontier Group, who co-authored the study. “The website was old, the search function was clunky and the site was designed to run on Internet Explorer.”