Transparency groups call for increased E-Gov funding

By Vyomika Jairam
Federal News Radio

Open government groups are calling on Congress to restore funding to the E-Government Fund. OMB Watch and more than 30 other transparency groups sent a letter to the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee, calling the reduction in funding “penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

The administration had asked for $35 million for the E-Gov fund in 2011. Instead, the fund’s $34 million budget was cut by 75 percent to $8 million for 2011, prompting the Office of Management and Budget to revaluate how to manage the fund’s seven open-government projects, including, the IT Dashboard,, and

In May, federal CIO Vivek Kundra detailed the changes in a letter to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). OMB announced that it would be terminating two sites:

In addition, Kundra said that there would be no upgrades to the current sites.


In their letter, the open-government groups say that the E-Gov Fund has a “proven track record of successful transparency projects that have delivered efficiency improvements and increased government accountability.”