Tell Congress: Don't Gut Government Transparency Programs
  • Petitioned Rep. Paul Cook

This petition was delivered to:

California-08
Rep. Paul Cook
Kentucky
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Nevada
Sen. Harry Reid
Ohio-08
Rep. John Boehner

Tell Congress: Don't Gut Government Transparency Programs

    1. Sponsored by

      Sunlight Foundation

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. 

Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. 

These programs are funded through the Electronic Government Fund -- and there's a proposal on the table to slash that critical funding from $34 million to just $2 million.

In recent years Congress and the Executive Branch have taken serious steps toward increasing government transparency, but these proposed cuts would put the American people back in the dark. These e-government initiatives help the government operate more effectively and efficiently, which saves taxpayer money and aids oversight. They increase economic opportunities for small business. They also increase citizen knowledge of and involvement in the democratic process.

Fully realized transparency allows us to track every expense and truly understand how money flows to federal programs. Government spending and performance data must be available online, in real time, and in machine-readable formats. 

An open and accountable government is a prerequisite for democracy and keeping these programs alive would cost a mere pittance when compared to the value of bringing the federal government into the sunlight.

Tell leaders in Washington to sustain funding for these vital transparency programs. Help save the data and make sure that Congress doesn’t leave the American people in the dark.

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    • Caitlin McGee KNOXVILLE, TN
      • over 3 years ago

      The only reason the government wants to cut these programs is so that they can keep more secrets from "WE THE PEOPLE." Well, I've got news for the government. They get paid by "WE THE PEOPLE" to work for "WE THE PEOPLE" and if they want to betray us and commit crimes against "WE THE PEOPLE" then I say "WE THE PEOPLE" fire them! When we don't do our jobs right or we do something we shouldn't at work, we get fired or punished, but when the government (who works for us) doesn't do their job right or does something wrong nothing happens to them, they don't get fired and they don't get punished, they only get criticized by people with cameras, and that doesn't really account for much. It's time "WE THE PEOPLE" take a stand and tell the government that they had better do their job and do it right or they're Fired!

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I wouldn't count on much from John Boehner, as he is a doublespeaking puppet for the rich.

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    • Rhayven Nite VINTON, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      I guess people like her are OH TOO IMPORTANT to even read what is sent.

      Rather than that, send an automated message explaining how you didn't read what was sent, and send us on our way..

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    • Jean L. Corcoran TARPON SPRINGS, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      The Republicans - Tea Partiers have only proven one thing since November. DO NOT TRUST US

      WE WILL TELL YOU ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED, THEN WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR FINANCIAL BAKERS GET EVERYTHING THEY WANT.

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