Tracking government spending

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Colby Goodman of Center for International Policy; Kate Martin of Carolina Public Press; Nate Carlisle of The Salt Lake Tribune; Lee Zurik of WVUE-New Orleans
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 10 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado G-J
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

**Moderated by Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune

Return to your newsroom knowing where to find money the local, state and federal government is spending in your neighborhood, on your school district, on your campus, or in foreign countries. Learn which companies are receiving the money, too. Find police purchases of high-tech surveillance equipment, see which countries and causes receive foreign aid and learn to cross reference these sources. With basic Excel skills and these tips, you can craft enlightening reports for your readers and viewers.

Speaker Bios

  • Nate Carlisle covers polygamy and a view other things at The Salt Lake Tribune. He also teaches investigative journalism at the University of Utah. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Twitter: @natecarlisle

  • Colby Goodman is the Director of the Center for International Policy’s Security Assistance Monitor program, which seeks to enhance transparency and oversight of U.S. foreign security assistance. Mr. Goodman overseas the program’s efforts to provide the most comprehensive picture of U.S. military and police aid and U.S. arms sales around the world. He also leads and supports research on key U.S. security assistance policy issues and challenges. @cogoodman

  • Kate Martin is the lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press. Her work has led to the creation of four state laws and the resignation of several elected officials. Her deep analysis of years of North Carolina court records showed fewer than 1 in 4 people charged with sexual assault are ever convicted of that or a lesser related crime. @Katereports

  • Lee Zurik is an Evening News Anchor and Chief Investigative Reporter at WVUE-TV in New Orleans and Director of Investigations at Gray Television and Investigate TV.  Lee has been honored with many of journalism’s top awards including the Peabody, duPont, and IRE Medal.  Before Hurricane Katrina, Lee was a sports anchor/reporter. He taught himself to be an investigative reporter by reading IRE resources (books and tipsheets) and attending IRE conferences. 

Related Tipsheets

  • How You Can Track U.S. Military and Police Aid
    This presentation guides us through what kinds of government military and police spending information, which database to look at and what kinds of filters to apply to get the information we want.

  • Tracking Government Spending
    This tipsheet goes through how to obtain local government spending information by requesting procurement database and how to explore federal spending on USAspending.gov.