Transparency (Open Budget Index) 81/100
The Government of the United States provides the public with extensive budget information.
Public Participation 69/100
The Government of the United States provides the public with adequate opportunities to engage in the budget process.
By legislature 85/100
Budget oversight by the legislature in the United States is adequate.
By auditor 100/100
Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in the United States is adequate.
The United States should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:
- Produce and publish a Citizens Budget for its Executive’s Budget Proposal.
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Enacted Budget by, for instance, presenting information on all expenditures, revenues, and debt.
The United States should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:
- Establish formal regulations that oblige the executive to engage with the public during each stage of the budget cycle.
- Establish formal mechanisms for the public to participate in audit investigations.
The United States should prioritize the following to strengthen budget oversight:
- Ensure legislators approve the annual budget before the start of the fiscal year.