Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Budget deal hits federal transparency websites

"Government transparency websites likely will be scaled back or even eliminated as a result of a 75 percent budget cut that congressional leaders and the White House agreed to last week," William Matthews of writes for National Journal.

The $34 million Electronic Government Fund, being cut to $8 million, "supports websites such as and the IT Dashboard, which provide public access to vast amounts of information on how the government spends money," Matthews writes. "Another transparency site,, also is endangered, transparency advocates said. The site offers access to 380,000 government agency data sets as diverse as climate change statistics and export licensing records." (Read more)

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