Transparency? Notsofast...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

'Transparency' is the buzzword of the day, but looks like, in conference, stimulus package negotiators removed some provisions that would make stimulus $$ easier to track. To wit, an OMBWatch report says, language requiring that each contract or grant be posted on the internet fell out of the bill after the House version.

Not only that, but the final bill inserted the word 'federal' before 'government' in a couple of places-- suggesting contracts awarded by state and local governments need not be reported on the website. On the other hand, new language says the data reported should follow the model of, so at least there's a template. Did someone say...opaquancy? (A move may be afoot to get governors to sign on to the tougher language, anyway. More later...)


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