In a hearing on federal spending transparency which just concluded, House Oversight Committee ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) entered our letter signed by more than 30 transparency groups in support of restoring the Electronic Government Fund into the hearing record. The E-Gov Fund supports important government websites such as USAspending.gov, the IT Dashboard, Data.gov, and Performance.gov.
Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, agreed that cutting projects that improve efficiency and increase government accountability is penny-wise and pound-foolish. According to Devaney, the Recovery Board’s success in watchdogging the stimulus was premised on having adequate resources to do so.
The remainder of Baker’s post includes comments from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Committee Chairman; Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation; and Craig Jennings, OMB Watch’s director of federal fiscal policy.
Hat Tip and Thanks: G.B.