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Government 2.0

  1. 1. Government 2.0 Keep up, Talk Back
  2. 2. Legacy of Access Historic model = distributed government  publications within reasonable travel distance New model = government publications  available at any hour online UM Library designated in 1909   Maintains large print collection  Provides expertise for tracking down government information in any format
  3. 3. New Transparency Tools
  4. 4. White House http://www.whitehouse.gov   Blog, rapid posting of material  Accountability websites  Task Forces
  5. 5. THOMAS http://thomas.loc.gov  Access to current and recent legislation:  Read the text of bills your Senators or Representative are considering  See how legislators voted on bills  Read the text of speeches and debates in Congress Great for materials 1989-present 
  6. 6. Regulations.gov http://www.regulations.gov  Find proposed regulations  Find accompanying documents  Submit your comments
  7. 7. USA.gov http://www.usa.gov
  8. 8. Government Science 3 favorites for following government-funded  science:  Science.gov: http://www.science.gov  ScienceAccelerator: http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov  TreeSearch: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us
  9. 9. Follow the Money What do these initiatives cost?   What’s the budget for a specific program?  Who gets government grant money and contracts? Office of Management & Budget (OMB)  http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/   Official Presidential budget Recovery.gov  http://www.recovery.gov   Accounting for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  10. 10. Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) http://www.census.gov/govs/www/cffr.html  Census Bureau database that breaks down funding to state, county, & local governments/programs
  11. 11. How much will that legislation cost? http://www.cbo.gov
  12. 12. Federal Election Commission Who donated money to whom? http://www.fec.gov/
  13. 13. What businesses have government contracts? http://www.usaspending.gov/
  14. 14. Accountability Tools ExpectMore.gov: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/expectmore
  15. 15. Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov Main watchdog of government programs
  16. 16. Gov Doc Mashups Flip side of transparency: People inspired to reuse government information American Presidency Project Historical Census Browser http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/ collections/stats/histcensus
  17. 17. Mash-ups Follow the Money Open Secrets http://www.followthemoney.org http://www.opensecrets.org
  18. 18. Mash-Ups GovTrack Open CRS http://www.govtrack.us/ http://opencrs.com/
  19. 19. Keeping Up Many new tools for staying apprised  of new government reports:  Power of RSS  Email lists  Twitter Government News Blog:  http://mt-govinfo.blogspot.com  Keeping Up Guide: http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/govrss
  20. 20. Questions?

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