Sunday, November 23, 2008

Government Excess: Soon You Can Find Some of It Yourself

Government Excess: Soon You Can Find Some of It Yourself

Whether conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, few can argue with a straight face that there isn't massive waste when it comes to the federal government spending our taxpayer dollars.

But as we've noted on several occasions, the ability for voters to track how and where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent is almost as difficult as a politician's ability to practice fiscal restraint. (We said almost.)

For example, did you know that according to the General Services Administration, the federal government subsidizes $300 billion in grants to some 30,000 organizations? As we pointed out last month, public data on those grants "is scattered across innumerable sources," making it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.

Such lack of transparency often results in zero accountability for Congressional appropriators and the bureaucratic agencies that ultimately cut the checks.

Fortunately, taxpayers just scored a significant victory that will help to address this problem.


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