WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) Director of Government Affairs William Christian, and Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy Deborah Collier testified before the Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB) to provide the board with CAGW’s recommendations for greater accountability and transparency in federal spending.
The GATB was created as part of President Obama’s Campaign to Cut Waste, launched in June of 2013. Today’s meeting is the board’s first open meeting.
“We know that technology is available that can help bridge the gap in transparency between the government and the taxpayers it serves,” Collier stated. “This technology must be used efficiently by government agencies in order to provide the information needed to improve that transparency and accountability.”
“While we recognize various shortcomings of the current system, we would not suggest scrapping the platform,” Christian commented further. “Instead, we would prefer that the current infrastructure, to include lessons learned from its implementation to date, be remedied, rather than starting over from scratch. Indeed, CAGW is loath to add another example of redundant, overlapping, or duplicative procurement of federal information technology assets to our current rogue’s gallery of waste.”
Using the government’s USASpending.gov and Recovery.gov websites as the starting point for data transparency and greater accountability in government spending, Christian and Collier offered the following recommendations to the board: standardize data terminology and enforce consistent use; provide specific funding, obligations and actual spending levels of each program or item purchased in detail; link to the legislation authorizing and funding the items or services purchased, and include those authorized by the administration’s request; provide macro level data for agency funding from year to year; and synthesize search results in a manner that is helpful to the user.
The full statement presented by Mr. Christian and Ms. Collier can be found here.
Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.