Right now in Washington, your Senators and Members of Congress are debating the federal budget and fighting over cuts in spending. Although cutting spending is an admirable goal and I am sure we can all think of programs that we would want to cut or eliminate outright, one of the things on the chopping blocks is the transparency websites that keep the public informed on government spending. Sites like Data.gov and USASpending.gov will be cut unless the White House can get the funding to keep them open to the public.
The Franklin Center believes that the information on these websites is a valuable asset to the voting public and press. They serve as an instrument for ensuring transparency and accountability in their elected officials. But we want to know what you think.