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Chile

Open Budget Survey Document Availability Tracker

December 2016 Update

To recognize improvements and identify slippages in budget transparency between rounds of the biennial Open Budget Survey, we periodically assess the public availability of the eight key budget documents – an essential component of transparency. This update presents the results of the most recent of these interim assessments.

Chile

Open Budget Survey 2015December 2016 Update
Pre-Budget StatementProduced for Internal Use OnlyNot Produced
Executive's Budget ProposalAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Enacted BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Citizens BudgetAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
In-Year ReportsAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Mid-Year ReviewAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Year-End ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public
Audit ReportAvailable to the PublicAvailable to the Public

As of 31 December 2016, the government of Chile makes seven of eight key budget documents publicly available online in a timeframe consistent with international standards. These are the same documents found to be publicly available in the Open Budget Survey 2015, which assessed the availability of documents up to 30 June 2014.

To improve budget transparency, Chile should produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement. For more information on the content that the eight key budget documents should contain, and the publication timeframe for each document, please see IBP’s Guide to Transparency in Government Budget Reports and the Open Budget Survey Guidelines on Public Availability of Budget Documents.


2015

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Country Summary - English Country Summary - Spanish Questionnaire

Transparency (Open Budget Index) 58/100 

The Government of Chile provides the public with limited budget information.

Public Participation 23/100 

The Government of Chile is weak in providing the public with opportunities to engage in the budget process.

Budget Oversight 

By legislature 67/100

Budget oversight by the legislature in Chile is adequate.

By auditor 100/100

Budget oversight by the supreme audit institution in Chile is adequate.

Recommendations 

Improving Transparency

Chile should prioritize the following actions to improve budget transparency:

  • Publish a Pre-Budget Statement.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Executive’s Budget Proposal by including functional classification for the current budget year, presenting more information on the classification of expenditures for future years and the total debt stock and interest for budget year.
  • Increase the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report by presenting more information on planned versus actual expenditures and on planned versus actual macroeconomic forecasts.
Improving Participation

Chile should prioritize the following actions to improve budget participation:

  • Establish credible and effective mechanisms (i.e., public hearings, surveys, focus groups) for capturing a range of public perspectives on budget matters.
  • Hold legislative hearings on the budgets of specific ministries, departments, and agencies at which testimony from the public is heard.
Improving Oversight

Chile should prioritize the following actions to strengthen budget oversight:

  • Establish a specialized budget research office for the legislature.
  • In both law and practice, ensure the legislature is consulted prior to the spending of contingency funds that were not identified in the Enacted Budget.

 






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