The push toward transparency
- By Rutrell Yasin
- May 15, 2009
The Treasury Department developed the FinancialStability.gov Web site in two months; it provides information on the Financial Stability Program. The site has an interactive map of the locations of all the banks that have received money through Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program, so viewers can click on the map and see all the banks across the nation that have received funds.
Other initiatives toward making data more accessible to the public include:
- Recovery.gov -- The Obama administration launched Recovery.gov site in February. The site offers insight into how the government is managing stimulus money as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The administration earlier this month hosted a week-long national online dialogue on ideas for improving Recovery.gov. The National Academy of Public Administration is evaluating the comments and will present them to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board for consideration.
- MakingHomeAfforadable.gov -- Treasury recently launched the site to provide the general public, borrowers and homeowners information about the Making Home Affordable homeownership program. The site contains calculators that let people know if they are eligible for program benefits and, if they are eligible, how much they might be able to save a month on their mortgage payments.
- Data.gov -- One of Vivek Kundra’s first acts as federal chief information officer was the announcement of plans to establish a governmentwide repository of data feeds, called data.gov., which would open vast realms of data that federal agencies are now keeping in-house. The launch of data.gov is imminent, possibly this month.
Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.