[OpenSpending] US Gov Watchdog (GAO) publishes report on usaspending.gov

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Aug 11 17:56:40 UTC 2014

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a reporting
looking at data quality on US gov spending site http://usaspending.gov


They find that a significant amount of spending was not reported (~$620
billion) and less than 8% of information was fully accurate.

Whist this may not seem great, in many ways I see this report as testimony
to the power of transparency and open data: no doubt these issues existed
*inside* government before but now that we have more data transparency the
problems are clearer (and its more likely something is done about them).

So all in all: well done to the US for publishing the data and then
auditing it!



PS: would anyone be interested in writing a blog post on this for
community.openspending.org summarizing the reports main findings?
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