Open FI$Cal displays information on expenditures related to mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 for the 152 state departments that use the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) for their accounting. It currently includes data through June 30, 2020 and will expand to cover more data as it becomes available.


Explore Detailed COVID-19 Expenditures

Dataset Limitations

This dataset provides a more detailed look at state spending than other sources, but it is NOT a complete listing of the state’s COVID-related expenditures. For example, a number of state departments do not use FI$Cal for their accounting, and so their expenditures are not listed here. This site contains information on transactions that FI$Cal-using departments have indicated are associated with COVID-19, according to the instructions issued by the Department of Finance in Budget Letter 20-12 and re-issued in Budget Letter 21-03.

Data Summary

Cumulative Expenditures Through June 2020

Expenditure Categories Through June 2020


COVID-related expenditures in FI$Cal are divided into three broad categories. Stimulus Programs include federal funds that flow to or through the state to help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis, encourage recovery, and support Californians in need. Response includes all activities that state entities undertake to directly respond to the COVID crisis, including public health related activities as well as additional costs that departments incur to continue their operations during the pandemic. Testing and Contact Tracing includes the state’s efforts to support and implement contact tracing, including redirecting staff from multiple departments to this effort. Through June 30, 2020, the vast majority of expenditures entered into FI$Cal were for Stimulus Programs, and the majority of those expenditures were for unemployment benefits.

The federal stimulus funding comes from six stimulus packages that provide assistance through various state programs as well as direct assistance including financial relief to individuals, families, businesses, hospitals, and providers. The Department of Finance has more information on the federal stimulus bills.