Government Spending 85% open


What data is expected?

Records of actual (past) national government spending at a detailed transactional level. Data must display ongoing expenditure, including transactions and subsidies. A database of contracts awarded or similar will not be considered sufficient. Open spending data shows whether public money is efficiently and effectively used. It helps to understand spending patterns, and to display corruption, misuse, and waste. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Individual record of transactions
  • Government office which had the transaction
  • Date of transaction
  • Name of vendor
  • Amount of the transaction

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes There is an Open Data section at the Senado Federal website which provides 46 datasets openly licensed, among them the data from SIGA Brasil System. The license type is “OKD Compliant::Other (Open).”
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, HTML, TXT, XLS It is also available in PDF.
Downloadable at once No It is necessary to build a query choosing the information you need. You could include all the variables at once, but then you would probably get problems for downloading the file because it would be too much data.
Up-to-date Yes There is a variable “Last Updated” (Data Atualização Dados) indicating this.
Publicly available Yes In the case of Portal da Transparência (Ministry of Transparency, Fiscalization and General Controllership of the Union), SIGA (Federal Senate) and SIOP ( from Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management), yes.
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3 If you type "Despesas Governo Federal" in google, the first option will be the Transparency Portal. For accessing Federal Senate system (SIGA) although it is not so easy. You must know they have this system available.
findable_steps Type "SIGA Senado Federal", click at the first option and click at the "Acesso Livre" button. After that you must choose one of the datasets available and then build a query using the its variables.
Collected by government Yes All the accounting transactions from Brazil federal government are registered at the Integrated Government Financial Management System (SIAFI) from the National Treasury, a department of the Ministry of Finance. However, this system is restricted only for public servers. There is another system from the National Treasury for accessing Government Spending, Management Treasury (Tesouro Gerencial), which is also restricted. The information can be accessed by anyone in others systems such as Portal da Transparência (Ministry of Transparency, Fiscalization and General Controllership of the Union), SIGA (Federal Senate) and SIOP ( from Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management).
usability 2 There is no API and there is no way to easily get the whole dataset at once. Although it is possible to download data in processable format.
collector_name National Treasury (Tesouro Nacional) This is the agency who collects the data, but it will not be the source for this evaluation since it is not open for public access.
characteristics Individual record of transactions, Government office which had the transaction, Date of transaction, Name of vendor, Amount of the transaction All these characteristics are available in SIGA and there are also lots of other information about the transactions.
location - Transparency Portal, - Federal Senate, - Integrated planning and budgeting system (SIOP), - We will consider the source coming from Federal Senate in this case because it allows more flexible queries than others.

Meta data

Data location - Transparency Portal - Federal Senate - Integrated planning and budgeting system (SIOP)
Data licence
Data format   CSV, HTML, TXT, XLS
Reviewer   Diana Krebs
Submitters   Andressa Falconiery
Last modified   Fri Nov 25 2016 17:51:55 GMT+0000 (UTC)