In case you missed it, OMB Director Rob Portman wrote a Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor on July 3rd. He said, “To ensure greater accountability for government spending, the administration launched a project in 2002 to publicly assess every federal program. People can now visit www.expectmore.gov to see detailed information on the performance of federal programs representing 96% of all federal spending. To hold federal managers accountable, www.results.gov displays a scorecard so the public can see how federal agencies and departments measure up on five key management criteria.” Portman went on to talk about the earmarks database which can be accessed at www.earmarks.omb.gov and information on all public grants and contracts will be available by January 1, 2008. Looks like the transparency train is on track to performance based results – let’s make sure that it keeps on rolling.
Amanda Kathryn Hydro is the Director of Policy Development at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.