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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)                                                          

Q: When was the Oregon Transparency Website created?
A: House Bill 2500, approved by the Legislature in 2009, directed the Department of Administrative Services to develop and make available the Oregon Transparency website. This website allows people to view data and information that is public record and not exempt from disclosure. In 2015, House Bill 3099 transferred these responsibilities and functions from the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to the State Chief Information Officer.

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Q: What data and information appear on the website?

A: This website contains data and information about state entities (agencies, boards, commissions, etc.) as appliciable, that includes but is not limited to: 

  • revenues
  • expenditures
  • human resource expenses
  • tax expenditures
  • contracting and subcontracting information
  • descriptions of the entities mission, function, and program categories
  • audit reports issued by the Secretary of State

In 2011, website updates included information on Education Service Districts (ESD), County Expenditures of State Lottery Funds, Public Meeting Notices, and enhanced reporting of Tax Expenditures. 

In 2012, updates also included links to data and information on the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) website for: Pension Unfunded Actuarial Liability; PERS Employer Contribution Rates; and summary documents such as PERS By the Numbers and PERS Facts etc.

For more informational updates, visit the About Us page. 

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Q: How often is the information updated?

A: Unless otherwise specified, data and information provided throughout this website is updated on an annual basis.  

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Q: What is the source of the data on the website? 

A: Funding, expenditure, and payroll information are based on transactions recorded by state entities (agencies, boards, commissions, etc.) on systems housed in Department of Administrative Services within the Enterprise Goods and Services Division, Enterprise Human Resource Services Division, and the Chief Financial Office, unless otherwise specified.  

For state employees, workforce data such as annual salaries listed, are twelve times the employee's monthly adjusted salary rate. "Annual Salary" includes most differential payments (such as work-out-of-classification and bilingual differential) but excludes payments for overtime, shift differential, benefits, and vacation payout.

For Education Service Districts, the funding, expenditure, contract, and payroll information are based on transactions recorded by Education Service District systems. Documents on the Legislative, Secretary of State, and other agency websites are also relied upon as resources.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?
A. For questions about agency-specific data and information, contact the agency directly through this Agency Contact link. If you have general questions e-mail oregon.transparency@oregon.gov.
Q: How do I access historical information?

A: This website is a tool that provides a starting point for learning more about how your state government works, what your taxes buy, and how purchasing decisions are made. If you have questions please e-mail oregon.transparency@oregon.gov.