Open The Books 4+

American Transparency

Designed for iPad

    • 2.5 • 86 Ratings
    • Free



Search the United States Government checkbook since the year 2000: contracts, grants, loans, direct payments, and farm subsidies. 

The app also contains seven year salary histories and bonuses for 2.2 million disclosed federal employees, state checkbooks in at least 16 states, and public salaries from 36,000 local units of government across America.

Hyper-localize all federal spending by using your current GPS location, setting a custom location by zip code, or search by a vendor name or employee's last name.

See state checkbook spending: 1. choose a target state on the ‘state checkbook fly wheel’ of the app; 2. if you live ‘out-of-state,’ then change your location by keying any ZIP code within the target state.

See salaries from 36,000 units of local government across America by your current location (as determined by GPS) or keying in a ZIP code.

American Transparency is a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit organization. Visit our website at

The need for transparency has never been greater. Americans have never been more willing. Now is the time to stand up and be heroes.

What’s New

Version 3.0

Redesigned the app to match the look and feel and performance enhancements.

Ratings and Reviews

2.5 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

NOLA Gurl ,

So much missing

As another reviewer noted, maybe things are good at the federal level but sooooo much is missing at the state level and it’s info that is definitely available online. I hoped this would be a nice, one-stop shop, but it falls far short.

Tawm2 ,

Excellent on iPad Air

This app offers terrific information on Government salaries and project spending on federal and state levels. Current information is limited to 19 states but hopefully other states will feel the pressure to open up their books. Kudos!

Aran.Spence ,

Updated app!

Everything works great now and matches their website.

App Privacy

The developer, American Transparency, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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