LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city of Los Angeles’ online database of employee salaries was updated Wednesday to reflect the impact of furloughs and other factors.

The database includes the approved annual salaries and year-to-date actual earnings for more than 37,000 full-time city employees. The database lists job titles, but no names.

Previously, the database listed approved annual salaries, but many city employees were not actually earning those amounts because of furloughs, overtime, various allowances and voluntary pay cuts.

“Angelenos have a right to know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent, and I think this is an important step in that direction,” said City Controller Wendy Greuel, whose office is in charge of issuing the paychecks.

Greuel unveiled the database in August, in response to the salary scandal in the city of Bell.

Salaries at the Department of Water and Power and Community Redevelopment Agency are not included in the list, since the City Controller’s office does not manage those payrolls.

The website of the city administrative officer, who is the city’s top budget analyst and chief labor negotiator, has for years listed the range of salaries for each city employee position.

The CAO’s site also has the salaries — as well as the names — of the city’s general managers, who are some of the city’s highest-paid workers, listed online.

Bell’s top officials received some of the highest municipal wages in the nation. Former City Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo made $787,637 a year, almost twice the salary of President Barack Obama. He and seven other city leaders are facing criminal charges.

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