“Have you seen some officials driving new expensive cars or buying luxurious goods? Now you can check whether they have declared those purchases in their e-declarations and whether they have enough money for such investments,” says Bihus.
Declarations.com.ua is the largest database of officials’ declared income and assets, and has additional convenient tools for monitoring changes in declarations and developing analytical materials.
Collecting and storing all entries from the official e-declaration website, the platform prevents data from being lost in case officials attempt to remove or hide it later.
The database is constantly updated as the team converts old paper declarations submitted before 2016 into machine-readable electronic records. Using crowd-sourcing, over 3,000 volunteers have been engaged in decoding and digitizing more than 30,000 paper declarations.
“Prior to the e-system’s launch, officials’ handwritten or printed declarations were either gathering dust in office drawers with no easy access to them, or were scanned and uploaded online with hard-to-decipher data that could not be automatically read and processed by a computer,” Bihus says.