Why does the information posted on this website only
go back as far as February 2009?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Federal
Stimulus) was enacted in February 2009. The State of
Alabama could only begin receiving federal stimulus funds
once the Act was passed by Congress and signed by the
Who do I contact if I have questions about
specific payments to a specific vendor by an agency or
Call or e-mail the organization directly. For a listing of contact
information for each agency and institution's ARRA
compliance officer, please select the following link:
State Agency/Institution ARRA Contact List.
Who do I contact for general information about the
Recovery Act stimulus funds reported on this site?
If you have any questions about Stimulus spending, or
suggestions on improving the reporting on this website,
How often is the checkbook updated?
The data on this website is updated Tuesday-Saturday
What if I see more than one payee with the same
Because Open.Alabama.gov is a virtual checkbook, all
transactions are recorded by the payee exactly as it
appeared on the check. Thus, there could be several payees
with the same name and all are different payees, having
different payee identification numbers. The State also does
business with companies that have multiple branch addresses
which we pay as separate payee numbers but the payee name is
What does the parenthesis around an amount mean?
It means that the amount is negative. This could be due to a
refund, reimbursement or correction of a payment.
Why is detail information by payee not always
The payee information is on the payment voucher at the time
the payment is made. However, agencies often use journal
vouchers to reclassify groups of like payments to different
funds and sub-categories in order to comply with a variety
of laws, regulations, and federal grant requirements.
Is the information presented audited?
The online checkbook data is unaudited and presented on a
cash basis. However, the CAFR is audited by the Alabama
Examiners of Public Accounts.
How would I know what is included in a category or
The user should click the (?) mark in the description column
that is located next to the corresponding transaction.
Can I do a partial name search?
Yes. Open.Alabama.gov searches from the beginning of words.
However, it will not find characters in the middle of words.
Therefore, if you search for “mart” it finds “Joe Martin”,
“Martha Smith”, and “James Marty Steele”, but not “Wal-mart”
Why would the PO/Contract # be blank?
The expenditure did not require a purchase order or
When I click Download Excel, should I choose open or
If you want to be able to manipulate (sort, total, copy,
etc.) the data in excel, you need to choose save.
Why would only the Download PDF button be available
to me and not the Excel button?
The amount of information you have queried on exceeds the
limit that can be downloaded to Excel.
What is included in the personnel costs category?
Gross pay before taxes and other deductions. Gross pay
includes overtime, subsistence allowances for law
enforcement personnel, termination and separation costs,
prior period adjustments, etc. For more detail, refer to
personnel cost in the
chart of accounts. Gross pay may vary
from paycheck to paycheck.
Why is there no gross pay for individual
employees for fiscal year 2009 and 2008?
OpenAlabama.gov does not have historical data on gross pay
before October 1, 2010.