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Open Government Sees Big Boost in FY11 Budget

opengovThe ongoing movement towards success in the Open Government technology will get a multi-billion dollar boost in fiscal year 2011, with almost $80 billion allocated for information technology.

The money will be aimed at several initiatives that play major roles in the process of Open Government – notably “dashboards” or sites that detail progress on federal initiatives.

Though the budget does not detail specific amounts for corresponding actions, it does allocate “$50 million account for the ‘integrated, efficient and effective uses’ of IT, which would include architectural assistance to make agency IT systems across government talk to each other,” according to NextGov.

While the hefty price tag on the plan might be a turn off for many in both the private and public sectors, NextGov thinks that that might not be such a bad thing:

“Some open government advocates liken the price of implementing the directive to the upfront cost of complying with any federal regulation — from environmental laws to financial management rules. The investment is expected to pay off in the net benefit of a more efficient government, they say.”

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