CITY OF PITTSBURGH OFFICE OF CONTROLLER MICHAEL LAMB
Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh

What is Fiscal Focus? 

Through Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh, users can create, analyze, and download customized reports based on the financial data for the current budget or up to the current month. 

At the touch of a button, users can drill down to finite details or scale up to the big picture.

How to Use Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh: Video Tutorial

In an effort to provide the community with access to the City’s financial data, the City produces and distributes the budget electronically via the City of Pittsburgh’s website. Online, you can find copies of the current and historic documents:

But sometimes, there's nothing quite like being able to examine the data by yourself by viewing charts and graphs or downloading the information into an excel spreadsheet.

The City of Pittsburgh has engaged OpenGov.com to assist with providing the public with just that opportunity. This resource is a part of the City of Pittsburgh’s ongoing effort to enhance transparency and public engagement in city government.

See some sample screenshots below:


Tips on Using Fiscal Focus Pittsburgh:

  • The portal allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
    • The main view includes a chart or graph, a legend and various controls to view expenses by department.
  • You can always access the portal by navigating to PittsburghPA.OpenGov.com.
  • There are five different types of visual representations of the data - an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie chart and a table.
    • You can change your view at any time by simply selecting the different type of representation.   These functions are on the top right.
    • The data will automatically convert to the new format
  • You'll notice the title of the chart or graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector.
    • You can use the filter tool to see data that is of most interest to you.
  • To focus on specific data - like a department, expense type, revenue type, or any combination - look to the left and use the menu on the side panel.  These selectors allow you to specify exactly what breakdown you want the graph or table to represent.
    • When you select "Filtered By" the data filter pops up and allows you to turn on or turn off selected filters for that category.
  • You can also download the data into a .csv spreadsheet or a .png image.
  • You can share the data, in any view, on a social network or by email.
  • When addressing the financial results of the City, it is important that we focus on the City of Pittsburgh’s General Fund.
    • The General Fund is the main operating fund of the City and supports the regular day-to-day operations of the City.
  • Some expenditures or revenues do not track year to year.
    • For example, there may be expenditure for a specific item or project in 2013 that the City no longer uses.
    • These expenditure categories will only be visible for the years they were used.  After that, they will be zeroed out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some quick FAQs to get you started:

 

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