April 18, 2011

Budget Deals Deep Cuts to Obama Administration's Transparency Sites

THOUGH THE budget deal struck recently by lawmakers averted a shutdown of the federal government, it still has open-government advocates worried about a shutdown of another sort: a shutdown in transparency.

Lawmakers in both houses passed a six-month spending bill April 14, dealing a deep cut to key transparency initiatives. Some of those initiatives were launched with much fanfare at the outset of the Obama administration.

Funds for the Electronic Government Fund were cut by about 75 percent, from $34 million in 2010 to $8 million.

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