President Obama Wants Earmark Transparency

by on January 27, 2010 · 4 comments

As I’ve detailed in a WashingtonWatch.com blog post, the president called for earmark transparency in his state-of-the-union speech tonight. A fact sheet put out by the White House goes beyond the president’s words to call for “a comprehensive, bipartisan, state-of-the-art disclosure database that allows Americans to examine the details of every proposed earmark before a vote is taken—one that is fully searchable and otherwise user-friendly.”

This is very good news for transparency coming out of the state-of-the-union speech. And I’ll be working to make sure that the good practices that take root in the earmark area branch out to other areas as well.

  • Evan

    As I tweeted right after he said it, I pity the guy that has to actually compile that undoubtedly gargantuan database. At least you'll have job security, sir.

    I'd personally like to see a portal linking all these new transparency sites together as well.

  • http://pinkmatic.com/ Pinkomatic

    I pity the guy that has to actually compile that database.

  • http://www.washingtonwatch.com/ Jim Harper

    The appropriations committees can require members and senators to submit earmark requests in the correct formats, then simply append approved earmark records with the bills they've been included in. Not all that hard if you collect the data correctly from the source.

  • http://www.washingtonwatch.com/ Jim Harper

    The appropriations committees can require members and senators to submit earmark requests in the correct formats, then simply append approved earmark records with the bills they've been included in. Not all that hard if you collect the data correctly from the source.

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