Did you know that there is a web site called http://USAspending.gov that was created and runs on an open source platform? I didn’t until recently.
Congress passed a law in 2006 that says that every government contract along with it’s sponsors and associated costs must be made available to the U.S. public. The only exemption are those areas which are classified. Open Source software helped bring this project in under budget and on time.
That said let’s get to the meat of this. President elect Obama vowed to go over every budget item line by line to find out where the excess spending is and cut it out of the budget. Good for him.
Now as proponents of Open Source and U.S. Citizens it is our responsibility to give him some help. Because of the law that Congress passed we also can go over every budget item line by line and speak to our representatives about the “fat”. In fact this President has invited all of us to participate in this great new Democratic Experiment. And participate we should.
With this tool and a president who promises to listen to us we should find all kind of dollars that we all know are not spent in the best interest of this country. I’m certainly going to and you should as well.