Open Georgia is a gateway for obtaining information and key documents about how the State of Georgia spends tax dollars and other revenues to provide services to Georgians. The information maintained on this site comes from various state agencies and is updated annually.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
Q:  Who is responsible for the accuracy of the Salaries, Travel Reimbursements, Professional Services Expenditures, Payments and Obligations?
A: The individual organizations supplying the information are responsible for the accuracy of the information. The Department of Audits and Accounts is only responsible for the compilation and listing of this information.
 
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If I have a question about information in the Salaries, Travel Reimbursements, Professional Services, Payments and Obligations whom do I contact?

A: Call 1.800.georgia. In the Atlanta calling area, the number is 678.georgia.
 
Q:  Has the data in the Salaries, Travel Reimbursements, Professional Services Expenditures, Payments and Obligations been audited?
A: No. This data is unaudited data and is a listing of submissions by individual organizations to the Department of Audits and Accounts.
 
Q:  Can you explain what the meaning of Fiscal Year is?
A: A Fiscal Year is defined as the time between July 1 through June 30 for a given year.
 
Q:  Why isn't Professional Services Expenditure and Obligations data included for the Local Boards of Education?
A: State statutes do not require submission of Professional Services Expenditure or Obligations data by the Local Boards of Education.
 
Q:  Why isn't  Obligations data included for all State Agencies, Boards, Authorities, Commissions and Regional Educational Service Agencies?
A: State statutes do not require submission of Obligations for all State Agencies, Boards, Authorities, Commissions and Regional Educational Service Agencies. Only entities receiving a state appropriation are required to submit Obligations.
 
Q:  What is Senate Bill 300?
A: Senate Bill 300 was passed in the 2008 legislative session and is referred to as the Transparency in Government Act. You can read about Senate Bill 300 at the following location http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/sum/sb300.htm
 
Q:  What is Senate Bill 389?
A: Senate Bill 389 was passed in the 2010 legislative session and is to amend code 50-6-32 which is the Transparency in Government Act. You can read about Senate Bill 389 at the following location http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/sb389.htm
 
Q:  What is HB 1013?
A: House Bill 1013 requires that each local board of education subject to Code 48-8-11 provide the SPLOST report to post on the Open.Georgia.gov website. You can read about House Bill 1013 at the following location http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb1013.htm
 
Q:  What is a Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA)?
A: A RESA is an agency established for the purpose of sharing services designed to improve the effectiveness of the educational programs of member school systems.
 
Q:  What is the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)?
A: The CAFR is an annual financial report prepared by the State Accounting Office with the Department of Audits and Accounts serving as the principal auditor. The report provides statements of financial condition and operations of the State of Georgia in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Q:  What is the Budgetary Compliance Report (BCR)?
A: The BCR is an annual report prepared by the State Accounting Office which provides information about financial and budgetary compliance with the State of Georgia's Appropriation Act, as amended. The statements in the BCR are presented in accordance with the State's regulatory (statutory) basis of accounting and State budget laws which differ from generally accepted accounting principles.
 
Q:  What is the Statewide Single Audit Report (SWSA)?
A: The SWSA is an annual audit report designed to meet the needs of all Federal grantor agencies. The report is prepared by the State Accounting Office with the Department of Audits and Accounts serving as the principal auditor. The Statewide Single Audit is performed in accordance with the Single Audit Act of 1984, as amended, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133, Audits of State, Local Governments and Non-Profit Organization.
 
Q:  What is the Budget in Brief (BIB)?
A: The Budget in Brief is an annual report prepared by the Office of Planning and Budget providing detailed budgetary information for the State of Georgia.
 
Q:  What is the purpose of a performance audit?
A: Performance Audits determine the degree to which programs and activities are accomplishing their goals and objectives; provide measurements of program results and effectiveness; identify other means of achieving the goals and objectives; evaluate efficiency in the allocation of resources; and assess compliance with laws and regulations.
 
Q:  Which internet browsers do you support?
A: Supported versions of internet browsers are Internet Explorer version 9 and above. Mozilla Firefox version 25.0.1 and above are supported.
 
Q:  Which Adobe Acrobat Reader versions are supported?
A: The majority of the reports require Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 and above.
 
Q:  How many years of data are kept on the Open.Georgia.gov website?
A: The site has 5 years of data on the website.
 
Q:  What is HB 1284?
A: HB 1284 requires the Office of Planning and Budget to maintain a record of all user fees collected by any department, agency, or other budget unit on an annual basis and to publish the information gathered on the open.georgia.gov website. You can read about HB 1284 at the following link: HB1284
 
Q:  Who is responsible for the accuracy of the agency user fees specified in HB 1284?
A: The individual organizations reporting the information are responsible for the accuracy of the information. The Office of Planning and Budget is only responsible for the compilation and listing of this information.