Launching a site that makes spending practices open to the public met some opposition from the agencies' chief information officers and government contractors, some of whom were nervous about letting citizens who aren't familiar with the contracting process and technology needs of the government judge the spending decisions. Kundra said he met with every agency and dozens of company executives over the past six weeks.
"I talked to the CIO Council and saw the data change overnight," Kundra said. "It was cleaned up immediately when people realized it was going to be made public."
So far, only four of the 26 agency CIOs have evaluated 100 percent of their projects, according to the site. But this train has left the station, so the agencies have 30 days to either jump on board or get left behind.
The hope, of course, is that the IT dashboard proves so successful in a) casting sunlight on the spending process and b) making agencies clean up their act, that it gets extended to all government spending. So for the first time in our nation's 233-year history, we might truly be able to see our tax dollars at work. That's a nice wish for a Fourth of July weekend.
Is the federal IT dashboard a giant leap forward or just a gimmick? Post your thoughts below or e-mail me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org.