Cutler’s Commentary: PennWATCH Allows Citizens to Stay Educated and Informed About State Government
State government accountability and transparency made great strides forward in 2011 with the enactment of Act 18, which created the PennWATCH (Pennsylvania Web Accountability, Transparency and Contract Hub) website. On Dec. 20, those concepts took a leap forward when the PennWATCH website went live.

I was a co-sponsor of the PennWATCH legislation, which I believe speaks to the very spirit of our representative democracy. For our system of government to properly function, we need citizens to be involved. For this participation to be relevant, the people need accurate and timely information.

President Thomas Jefferson said, “Educate and inform the whole mass of people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” PennWATCH is the tool by which citizens can stay educated and informed about what state government is doing. An informed public will create a more accountable and transparent state government.

Visitors to the site can search all departmental and agency budget expenditures and revenue information, performance measures, agency websites, relevant employee data and compensation information. Any information made available on PennWATCH for a given fiscal year must remain on the site for a period of at least eight years.

I am very proud of this new website, which allows Pennsylvania to join dozens of other states in offering this type of information online. I encourage every citizen of our great Commonwealth to visit the site and become familiar with the information available there.

In the spirit of government transparency, I post all my office expenditures on my website. To view these expenditures and to find a link to the PennWATCH website, visit

As always, you can share your thoughts, opinions and ideas with me through the “Contact” section of my website, at or by calling my Quarryville office at (717) 786-4551.

If you have any questions about the information you find on PennWATCH or any other state-related matter, please feel free to contact me.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
717.783.8063 / /
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