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Monday, December 17, 2007

Government Spending Transparency

Another FINALLY! moment.
The feds have finally started to comply with recent transparency legislation making it possible for us to see how they're wasting our money. Check it here.

On the Oregon page it is quite clearly visible to see when the feds stopped paying their taxes on the O&C railroad lands which they confiscated and will not return to our stewardship. From 2005 on there has been a precipitous drop in money coming to southern Oregon. They should either return those lands to us or pay what they promised.
Update
Been digging around there a bit and can already see the pattern of obfuscation we have come to expect from our government. The database is difficult to access and search, browsing is all but impossible especially when done by category. Listings are limited to the first 500 of tens of thousands or all of them, no page-by-page display. Typical methods of keeping the public from using it. God forbid they issue an actual database interface so someone could use datamining on the set. How about allowing us to download the data as a spreadsheet, would that kill anyone?

3 Comments:

  • Wow, that's really something! In TN alone last year FEDEX did $1,295,821,539 in government contracts.

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 7:40 AM  

  • Wow! 1.3 billion? Wicked.

    What for ?!?

    That's a heck of a lot of soap delivered by airmail.

    By Blogger The Guy, at 2:58 PM  

  • It was under the Department of Energy mostly, I think, but I should look again to make sure. But yeah, that's a lot of business in just one state.

    By Blogger Rae Ann, at 6:02 AM  

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