Show Us Your Data

Darrell Issa wants all federal agencies to speak the same language:

...information technologies already in use throughout the private sector can make it possible for Americans to track federal spending, regulation, and legislation. Better transparency will enable voters, media, and watchdog groups to hold the bureaucracy accountable.

Currently, however, federal agencies do not use consistent, compatible electronic data formats for financial, regulatory, and legislative information. If they did – and made it all public, searchable, sortable, and downloadable – anyone with Web access could scrutinize the federal budget, second-guess federal regulators, or navigate proposed laws and the U.S. Code with ease.