Clearspending Heads To Capitol Hill


I’m thrilled to say that tomorrow morning Sunlight’s Executive Director, Ellen Miller, will be testifying before Congress about our Clearspending project. You can read more about it here, or just check out the posts we wrote about Clearspending back when it launched.

We think that the data quality problems identified by the project are important, and we’re glad to see that government is taking them seriously. Without a clear understanding of how our government spends money, it’s difficult to make smart decisions about how to adjust that spending.

Having Congress pay attention to our results is a tremendous vindication for the work that Kaitlin and Kevin have done on Clearspending. I think it’s also a great example of why Sunlight is such a cool place to work.Where else can your diligent SQL-wrangling turn into a chance to give sworn testimony before Congress?

And speaking of working here: as I’ve mentioned before, we have a couple of open positions. As you might imagine, preparing testimony has gotten in the way of reviewing resumes. But we’ll be diving back into that process very soon. If you’ve been thinking about it, stop hesitating!