In 2010, the Civil Service Bureau of Georgia (CSB) launched the Online Asset Declaration System with the aim of providing a solution to the out-dated and problematic paper based declaration system. The main purpose of the new system was to enable the online submission and public disclosure of asset declarations of high-ranking government officials. Through this online system government officials are required to fill out an asset declaration on an annual basis, reflecting the position of the assets owned by them and their family members.
The new system allows for the publication and instant access of declarations online at www.declaration.gov.ge. This public disclosure mechanism provides the Georgian people with free and real-time access to the asset declarations of relevant officials; an opportunity that was met with substantial interest by the public. This public disclosure requirement can be viewed as a cornerstone in the large-scale anti-corruption movement within Georgia.
The following senior officials and their family members are scrutinized within the OADS:
Members of the Parliament;
Ministers and their deputies;
Heads of Departments;
Other high ranking senior officials.
In total, there are more than 2,800 senior officials obliged to submit online asset declarations annually.
Public officials are required to submit the following information regarding both themselves and their immediate family members: real estate, movable property (including cars, jewellery, and other expensive belongings valued more than 10,000 GEL (USD 6,200 approximately)), bank accounts, cash, gifts, contracts, expenditures and shares.
The success of the initiative can be verified by the following statistical data: In 2008 the CSB received only 651 freedom of information requests for accessing paper copies of declarations kept by the Bureau and only 465 in 2009. At present, more than 250,000 online declarations have already been downloaded and there are more than 60,000 uploaded declarations and these numbers are growing constantly.