What data is expected?
Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level; A database of contracts awarded or similar will not considered sufficient. This data category refers to detailed ongoing data on actual expenditure. Data submitted in this category should meet the following minimum criteria:
- Individual record of transactions.
- Date of the transactions
- Government office which had the transaction
- Name of vendor
- amount of the transaction
- Update on a monthly basis
What data is available
- Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
- Is the data available for free? No
- Is the data machine readable? No (n/a)
- Available in bulk? No
- Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? No
- Publicly available? No published by firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Is data in digital form? Yes
- Is the data available online? No (No URL given)
- Does the data exist? Yes
http://www.transparenciapresupuestaria.gob.mx is a very nice website detailing government spending. However it does not include transactional data but only indicates that the data exists and is digital.
Comments to the reviewer and OD Index: Neither the International Monetary Funds’ (IMF) Fiscal Transparency Code of 2014 nor the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Council on Budgetary Governance Recommendations of 2015 make reference to transactional information (including individual transaction records) as a relevant aggregate but, in terms of openness, stress particularly on coverage, comparability, fullness and relevance, establishing clear and homogenous expenditures classifications.
Therefore, it is important to mention that the Open Budget Survey, conducted by the International Budget Partnership does not contemplate transactional information as part of the neither the survey. Nevertheless, it does include the transparency of disaggregated information by line item according to the established recognized classifications.
In accordance to the above-mentioned and globally recognized best practices on fiscal transparency, the Mexican fiscal transparency portal: www.transparenciapresupuestaria.gob.mx does provide for substantial and open spending information, as acknowledged by the International Budget Partnership in their Open Budget Index score for 2015 in open formats.
Finally, it is noteworthy that 2014 and 2015 index, according to the website, has the same parameters of evaluating this variable, nonetheless the evaluation with same (and even more) information published from year to year has brought the assessment down. Therefore, for it to be a comparable and functional index, it should disclose the methodology changes that generate this downgrade.
The review added the government's comment on this data. The review team would like to add that we use secondary data in order to assess our data. This secondary data actually made the criteria more accurate and brought the score of more countries up. For other comments, see our insights page.
- Mor Rubinstein
- Enrique Zapata