Show me the money

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Discussion regarding US federal spending websites and how the UK can learn from these. More information on the presentation at http://www.rfahey.org/?p=258

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Show me the money

  1. 1. show me the money UKGov barcamp 09
  2. 2. 3 points • why transparency is important • fedspending.org • what’s happening in the uk
  3. 3. why do we need transparency?
  4. 4. (i) accountability • government agencies • elected officials
  5. 5. (ii) positive incentives
  6. 6. (iii) enables collaboration
  7. 7. should be transparent. Transparency • Government promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies online to put information about their operations and decisions and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should feedback to identify information of greatest use to also solicit public the public. MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES President Barack Obama
  8. 8. Some US organisations/sites enabling this
  9. 9. October 2006: OMB Watch setup FedSpending.org
  10. 10. 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act
  11. 11. Look familiar?
  12. 12. so, could we do it here?
  13. 13. Yes... • June 2007. Government Spending (Website) Bill - Make provision for a website in order to enable public access to information • Modeled on Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
  14. 14. but no... • The House of Commons vote among MPs did not reach the quorum of 40
  15. 15. but yes? • Try to revitalize the Website spending bill? • Try to gather the data ourselves? • Where Does My Money Go (Show Us A Better Way Idea)? • Start with the ‘bailout’?
  16. 16. Thank you TrdT
  17. 17. links • http://Fedspending.org - OMB Watch spending website • http://USASpending.gov - Federal Spending website • http://www.contractormisconduct.org/ - Federal contractor mistrust database • https://www.fbo.gov/index?cck=1&au=&ck= - Contract for USASpending.gov • http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Federal_Funding_Accountability_and_Transparency_Act • http://Sunlightfoundation.com - Sunlight Foundation • https://www.fpds.gov/ - Federal Procurement Data system • http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2007-06-29&number=169 - UK Government Spending Website bill • http://www.showusabetterway.co.uk/call/2008/07/where-does-my-2.html - Where does my money go
  18. 18. photo credits • Initial Image - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stedanby/1102405383/ • Federal Funding and Accountability Act image - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ File:George_Bush_signs_the_Federal_Funding_Accountability_and_Transparency_Act_of_2006.jpg • Emoticons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Smilies

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