If you haven’t already, please be sure to check out my colleague Daniel Schuman’s post over at the main Sunlight Foundation blog, where he details the consequences of the cuts to the e-Gov fund. The short version: in a letter to Sen. Carper, federal CIO Vivek Kundra is reporting that the cuts will negatively affect upgrades to a broad variety of executive branch transparency- and good-government-related websites; lead to the cancellation of FedSpace and the Citizen Services Dashboard; and hinder efforts at improving data quality.
There’s no doubt this is bad news — that the administration is already making excuses for not following through on fixing data quality is particularly discouraging. But there’s also no question that things could have been worse. This fight isn’t over yet, but our community has already made a big difference.
So thanks for your help, and for sticking with us as we try to ensure that our government doesn’t stagger backward from its early, tentative steps into the online era.