House "Megabus" Contains Modest Boost to E-Gov Fund

Late Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee released its proposed "megabus" spending bill, packaging the nine appropriations bills that have not yet been completed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The House and Senate have been in negotiations to finish the nine bills before a stopgap spending bill expires on Friday.

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House Subcommittee Restores Small Portion of E-Gov Funding, but More Resources Still Needed

The House Financial Services and General Government appropriations subcommittee today approved its fiscal year 2012 spending bill. The legislation would slightly restore funding for critical government transparency projects, but the full ramifications of the subcommittee's actions are unclear.

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Open Government Groups Urge Congress to Restore Funding for Transparency Efforts

OMB Watch today released a letter, signed by more than 30 transparency and good government groups, calling for restoration of the funding for the Electronic Government Fund (E-Gov Fund). This fund supports important government websites such as, the IT Dashboard,, and

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Administration Unveils Accountable Government Initiative

President Barack Obama

Last week, in remarks before a signing ceremony for the recently passed Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, President Obama highlighted the measure as the latest in a series of accomplishments his administration has made toward their goal of fundamentally changing the way Washington works. The White House has strung those accomplishments together – along with their other open government and anti-fraud, -waste, and -abuse programs – to create the Accountable Government Initiative.

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Dashboard Info Prompts VA to Hit the Brakes

A project by the nation's Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, has lead to the suspension of some 45 information technology (IT) projects at the Veterans Administration. Unveiled earlier this month, the “'IT Dashboard' is a new, one-stop clearinghouse of information that allows anyone with a web browser to track federal IT initiatives..."

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Discussing New Performance Report on Federal News Radio

Building a Better Government Performance SystemI just finished up an interview about our new report Building a Better Government Performance System on Federal News Radio. The segment was a part of The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris and I got to talk a bit about the unique process we used to develop these recommendations to the Obama administration and some of the implications of those recommendations on current performance measurement systems.

You can listen to the interview on the Federal News Radio Daily Debrief webpage or download the mp3 of the broadcast.

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