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Links 1 through 10 of 142 by Sunlight Foundation tagged savethedata

In an open letter to the government, Sunlight Foundation writes:

These e-government initiatives help the government operate more effectively and efficiently,thereby saving taxpayer money and aiding oversight. They increase economic opportunities for smallbusiness. They also increase citizen knowledge of and involvement in the democratic process. Fullyrealized transparency would allow us to track every expense and truly understand how money like that in the electronic government fund flows to federal programs

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Clearly, cutting the funding for transparency programs thwarts any effort the government may have made towards openness. An open government advocate, the Sunlight Foundation speculates that if this proposal is adopted, “Many programs will be terminated. Data quality will suffer. No fixes or improvements to current programs are likely.” We’ve seen the consequences in our own backyard. Doing this on a national level would be ten times more detrimental. There is no transparency if the servers are constantly crashing and data isn’t able to be updated.

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Fierce Government IT writes about appropriations for e-government and cites Sunlight Foundation policy counsel Daniel Schuman:

Under the fiscal 2012 House appropriations bill, the fund would receive $50 million fiscal 2012. The appropriation would be $7.8 million more than the combined fiscal 2011 budgets for the Information and Engagement for Citizens fund, at $34.2 million, and the E-Gov fund, at $8 million. In June, Daniel Schuman, policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation estimated that under the House recommendation the E-Gov fund would get $13 million, somewhat more than the $8 million appropriated in fiscal 2011.

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Executive Gov has a blog post on the E-Gov Appropriations funds to e-gov that mentions Sunlight.

However, as FierceGovernmentIT reports, there is some uncertainty about the final number. That’s because e-gov funding is included in the budget for the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, which was allocated $50 million in total fiscal 2012 spending.

Transparency-group the Sunlight Foundation, which first drew attention to this new development, postulates that OCS will receive about $37 million in funding, leaving the rest for the e-gov fund.

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The Federal Times has a blog post about the e-Gov Fund that cites the Sunlight Foundation's policy counsel Daniel Schuman:

The electronic government funding saga continues, even if the e-government fund would no longer exist under a spending bill approved today by a House appropriations subcommittee.

As tech-conscious readers might remember, Congress whacked the e-gov account from $34 million in 2010 to $8 million in the year-long continuing resolution enacted this April. Under a fiscal 2012 spending bill approved today by the subcommittee, the fund would be folded into the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services, said Daniel Schuman, policy counsel for the Sunlight Foundation, an open government group that has been birddogging the issue.

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Federal Computer Week has a piece on Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's resignation that quotes John Wonderlich, policy director for Sunlight.

Most of the work Kundra started is “at risk of ending abruptly,” said John Wonderlich, policy director at the Sunlight Foundation.

Wonderlich praised Kundra’s work to strengthen the Office of Management and Budget’s role as a publisher of government data. “While OMB is still largely unwilling to force agencies to share more information, Vivek built the Data.gov and the IT Dashboard as tools to aggressively pursue transparency that affects how the government works,” Wonderlich said.

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FierceGovernmentIT has a blog post on the E-gov fund that quotes Daniel Schuman of Sunlight/

Daniel Schuman, policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation estimates the E-Gov fund would get $13 million, somewhat more than the $8 million appropriated in fiscal 2011. This number is still far from the $34 million available in fiscal 2010, said Schuman in a blog post. He arrives at the figure by assuming that OCSIT's fiscal 2012 budget will be funded at $37 million, leaving $13 million for E-Gov.

The fiscal $50 million appropriation falls $20.5 million short of a combined, enacted fiscal 2010 budgets for OCSIT and E-Gov and is $23.9 million less than the president's request of $73.9 million for both funds.

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Federal Times has a story on the cuts to e-gov that quotes Sunlight policy counsel Daniel Schuman.

The Energy Department is one of the few agencies that seems to have a handle on potential savings. It estimates it will save $10 million annually by consolidating hardware, hosting services content and IT systems, Cammie Croft, Energy's director of new media and citizen engagement, wrote in a blog post last week.

Croft said the department saved more than $1 million in the past six months by halting the creation of new websites and shutting down others.

"Picking a number out of the air doesn't seem like the best approach," said Daniel Schuman, policy counsel for the Sunlight Foundation, who knew of no precedent for the Obama administration's proposal to downsize the government's Web presence. "If the administration is going to reduce the number of websites, will they find a home for the information housed by these sites?"

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NextGov has a blog post on House Appropriations funding for the e-government fund that mentions Sunlight.

Members of a House Appropriations panel seem to have allocated $13 million to the fiscal 2012 e-government fund, which pays for open government technology initiatives.

The uncertainty comes from the fact that the e-gov fund is combined with the Office of Citizen Services budget, and it's difficult to see how much each will get individually, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency advocacy group that was first to report on the draft legislation Wednesday and its approval Thursday by the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial management.

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The Register has a story on Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's quitting the White House that cites a Sunlight post on Save the Data.

Meanwhile, House Appropriators' draft legislation is expected to be mulled over later today on Capitol Hill, which could see an extra $5m added to the electronic fund for this year.

"What does this mean in practical terms? Were the House Appropriations Subcommittee's text to be untouched during mark-up and adopted into law, the e-gov fund would marginally improve, moving from life support to critical condition," noted the Sunlight Foundation in a blog post on Wednesday.

"Enough money might be available to either make some improvements to its existing transparency programs, or perhaps to add a new program, but not much more than that. Progress on improving transparency websites and access to data would be slow, fitful, and uneven – but possible."

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