The Center for Effective Government (CEG), formerly known as OMB Watch, has decided after 33 years of operation to entrust the continuation of its mission and the preservation of its legacy to highly regarded and trusted allied organizations. After much deliberation, the CEG board is moving to fold most of its work and mission into the Project On Government Oversight, a leading nonpartisan independent watchdog, which champions good government reforms to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

Reports from the Center for Effective Government

Living in the Shadow of Danger

A Tale of Two Retirements

Blowing Smoke

Gasping for Support

Chemical Hazards in Your Backyard

Burning Our Bridges

Reducing Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

FOIA Scorecard 2015

Gaming the Rules

Fleecing Uncle Sam

Kids in Danger Zones

Benefits of Public Protections

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Government Matters.

Change happens when people come together and use government as a tool to make all of our lives better.

Center for Effective Government Databases and Maps

Inspected Chemical Facilities

Although 13,868 chemical manufacturing facilities are active in the U.S. today, state and federal agencies were only able to inspect 42 percent of them over the past three to five years. This map shows those inspected facilities as well as more information about each facility and the companies that own them.

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Exploring Ozone Standards

This map shows how many people we could protect with a stricter ozone standard and cleaner air.

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Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

Our map shows the location of over 12,000 dangerous chemical facilities, and the demographics of the neighborhoods within a mile of those facilities.¬†Use our map to search for your children’s school or for your neighborhood to see how close you and your children are to a hazardous facility.

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The Right-to-Know Network helps advocates push for improved access to government-held information on the environment, health, and safety.

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Schools Near Chemical Facilities

One in every three schoolchildren in America today attends a school within the vulnerability zone of a hazardous chemical facility.

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Chemical Hazards in Your Backyard

Map shows the locations of facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that use or store at least one of nine dangerous chemicals selected from a set that they have to report to state agencies under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

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Imagine What Government Can Do

“We believe that in times like these we should turn to each other, not on each other. We believe that government has a role to play, not in solving every problem in everybody’s life but in helping people help themselves to the American dream.”
– Gov. Deval Patrick