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Where the Money Goes Requirements

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Where the Money Goes Check Register Search Tools

The Comptroller’s office implemented the Where the Money Goes online state expenditure database on Oct. 1, 2007, as required by state law. Where the Money Goes is a searchable Web-based database available to the public.

The system includes historical expenditure data from fiscal 2001–2007 at a summary level and from fiscal 2008 forward at a detail level. The retention period is the current year's expenditure information, plus the most recent seven years' information.

Information available to the public for fiscal 2008 forward includes:

  • Transaction amount
  • Date the payment was processed
  • Name of the agency making the payment
  • Name of the payee (company, individual, organization or governmental unit)
  • Object category
  • Comptroller object

The Comptroller’s office does not allow public access to the payee address through the database. In addition, the Comptroller’s office does not allow public access to information identified as confidential in the Uniform Statewide Accounting System (USAS) or Financials application of the Centralized Accounting and Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS Financials) by a state agency or institution of higher education. Transactions identified as confidential and employee salaries are included in the database only to provide payment information summarized by comptroller object.

Where the Money Goes payment transaction search tools include detailed data as follows:

Payments made: Maximum level of detail:
Before fiscal 2008 Summarized by comptroller object and agency only
In fiscal 2008 Agency, payee name, object, date and amount unless: Then only agency, object, date and amount are displayed.
In fiscal 2009 and forward Agency, payee name, object, date and amount unless:
  • Transaction is employee salary or
  • USAS confidential indicator field value is Y regardless of comptroller object.
Then only agency, object, date and amount are displayed.

Where the Money Goes also includes search tools for state agency travel expenses and more detailed information about spending at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The TxDOT searches include grant awards, budget and expenditures, and payment transactions.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Questions? Contact statewide.accounting@cpa.texas.gov
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