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.”
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:
FedSpace – a collaboration platform for federal employees to share information and develop a community to solve problems. The General Services Administration runs FedSpace but it was only in beta testing.
The Citizen Services Dashboard – was expected to provide information about the quality of federal services, including timeliness, accuracy and customer satisfaction to citizens. OMB hoped to add other services including using data to inform agency decisions making.
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.”