Today (more than two weeks ahead of schedule), The federal Office of Management and Budget, (OMB) launched USASpending.gov, the website created thanks to the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Creating the website, OMB said at the launch event, cost less than $1 million. The software cost $600,000. You can access the site at http://www.usaspending.gov/ . This is a huge step in the right direction and should help us generate new momentum as we pursue transparency in government spending efforts at the state level.
If we can do this at the federal level with a $3 trillion budget for only $1 million, why can't we do it at the state level with a $43 billion budget? Last Spring, I introduced HB 5137 (The State Funding Accountability and Transparency Act) to do the same thing in Lansing, (although it could happen with a simple executive order from the governor.)
Why won't the governor act? Is she hiding something? Does she not want taxpayers to know where all the money is going? Let's bring transparency to state government!