Budget Matters Blog

Category: Transparency & Data


New Release: the National Action Plan and Spending Transparency Gaps

The Open Government National Action Plan 2.0 is a good starting point for addressing the gaps in federal spending transparency, but much work remains.


Food Stamp Cuts in the Time of Thanksgiving

The food stamps program (SNAP) continues to grow, even as the employment picture improves. Time for more SNAP cuts?


A Big Day for the DATA Act

We don't have a complete picture of where our tax dollars are going or who gets them. The DATA Act is part of the fix to this problem.


New Localized Federal Spending Data Now Available

Over the past few weeks, the Federal Priorities Database has been updated with information on poverty, SNAP, WIC, Head Start, and more.


Data Transparency 2013

Last week, I attended the Data Transparency Coalition’s inaugural conference: Data Transparency 2013. Although the usual open government data suspects from nonprofits and the public sector attended, the conference was largely sponsored by and attended by private sector companies hoping to profit from government data. The meat of Data Transparency ...


Top Five Facts About a $1.2 Trillion Secret Project

The top 5 fun facts about the $1.2 trillion project that's happening behind closed doors.


DATA Act Gets Another Shot in the New Congress

Kaitlin Devine from the Sunlight Foundations guest posts with an update on the 2013 version of the DATA Act, intended to improve federal spending transparency.


Civic Hackers Conclude: Federal Spending Transparency Nonexistent

Guest blogger Anthony Holley reports on the Hack for Western Mass project to reconcile federal spending data in USASpending.gov with numbers reported in the federal budget.


Civic Hacking With Hack for Western Mass

This past weekend ~100 hackers from all over Massachussetts generously donated their time and expertise for the National Day of Civic Hacking event for Western Mass. This inspiring event was one of 95 held across the country.


National Day of Civic Hacking & Western Mass

Hack for Western Mass was a tremendous success, drawing volunteers from the region and beyond to work on nine local challenges (including some federal budget projects). We were joined by the Sunlight Foundation, the Census Bureau, and a team of small hackers in training.