Government Spending 61% open

Costa Rica

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?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data format


Data Location

  • - Website of Contraloría General de la República
  • - Website of Ministerio de Hacienda
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced No
    Downloadable at once No
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format CSV, HTML, XLS
    findable 1
    findable_steps Looking for "public expenditure" or "government spending" in Google, the results only show the second link, directed to Ministry of Finance, in which only the expenditure data for the central government are found. There are also some results that lead to other sites with incomplete or outdated information. I acceded to the complete data because I knew of the transparency portal of the Contraloría General de la República, where the complete and updated data for all the public institutions is found (first link), but this one is not listed in the Google searches.
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 2
    collector_name Contraloría General de la República
    characteristics Government office which had the transaction, Amount of the transaction
    location - Website of Contraloría General de la República, - Website of Ministerio de Hacienda


    There are no published open data that contains all public procurement information with the required details, because there is no single public procurement system. In the information on the website of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic, you will find a list of purchase items but the details require you to review the attached documents one by one. The data found are of budget execution per account. This Submission was originally made by Susana Soto

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    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Diana Krebs
    Submitters   anonymous
    Last modified   Fri Jan 27 2017 17:12:45 GMT+0000 (UTC)