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Fiscal Transparency

The department manages the State of Iowa's fiscal transparency initiative. Work in this area makes checkbook level transactions recorded in the State’s central accounting system accessible to the public on the Iowa Checkbook.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are updates typically available on the Iowa Checkbook?

Data on the Iowa Checkbook is updated monthly, and are typically available 15 to 20 business days following month end.

What data is not available on the Iowa Checkbook?

The data on the Iowa Checkbook does not include transactions associated with the Legislative or Judicial Branches, nor does it include transactions that occur outside of the central accounting system, such as payments made by the Board of Regents’ Institutions, Community Based Corrections, Community Colleges, and Area Education Agencies. It also excludes transactions associated with the Consumer Fraud Refunds fund and the DOT Clearing Account fund. This data is available in other datasets. Some data has also been redacted to ensure confidential or sensitive data protected by State (e.g. Iowa Code Section 22.7 or other applicable Iowa Code section) or federal law (e.g. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Social Security Number Protection Act, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is not included. The data also excludes payments details for some expenditures which are only recorded in a summary in the central accounting system such as Medicaid, IPERS, unemployment compensation, and tax refunds.

What fiscal year did data become available on the Iowa Checkbook?

Transactions are available on the Iowa Checkbook beginning July 1, 2013. Fiscal Year 2014 is the first fiscal year with a complete set of transactions available.

What information on the Iowa Checkbook is commonly redacted?

Information most commonly redacted include:

  • Transactions classified as “Aid to Individuals.”
  • Refunds associated with assistance programs.
  • Expenses related to confidential law enforcement activities.
  • Subsidized adoptions, and foster care payments.
  • Child support recoveries collections, distributions and refunds.
  • Victim compensation claims.
  • Returned direct deposits.
  • Transactions within the centralized payroll trustee fund.
  • Personnel and disability payment claims.

Staff Contact Info

Scott Vander Hart
Phone Number: 515-281-6536