Obama receives double whammy on transparency record

Just as the Obama Administration and BP Oil  found out they’d “won” a 2011 Muzzle Award for restricting media access to the Gulf oil spill, transparency advocates were getting their first look at the 2011 Federal Budget deal struck late last week and wondering how the “Open Gov” Prez could agree to gut funding to his Electronic Government Fund from a proposed $35 million down to $8 million:

Ed O’Keefe writes  in the Washington Post’s Federal Eye blog:” The cuts could spell the end of Data.gov — a compilation of hundreds of thousands of government data sets, the IT Dashboard, an ambitious project to track how much the federal government spends on information technology investments, and USASpending.gov, which tracks federal contract spending and was established by a law sponsored by then-Sen. Obama in 2006.”

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