Consummate dilettantism!

Friday, December 14, 2007

The government has just produced a website entitled, on which it states:
Have you ever wanted to find more information on government spending? Have you ever wondered where federal contracting dollars and grant awards go? Or perhaps you would just like to know, as a citizen, what the government is really doing with your money. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award:

1. The name of the entity receiving the award;
2. The amount of the award;
3. Information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
4. The location of the entity receiving the award;
5. A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.

Welcome to, a relaunch of, that provides citizens with easy access to government contract, grant and other award data.
It's actually very interesting. Consider that the government gave $685,406,125 to Johns Hopkins University in 2007 (the largest amount of money given to any university in 2007), and $12,011,515,965 to Boeing (that's $12 billion) in contract money.

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