Performance.gov was to be a cornerstone of the federal government’s transparency and open-government initiatives. Conceived to be a “one-stop shop” for federal performance information, complete with dashboards tracking key agency goals, the site’s public rollout is now in jeopardy after the administration’s funding for certain federal websites was slashed.
The White House had requested $35 million for the E-Government Fund, which supports open-government websites, such as Data.gov and the IT Dashboard. However, in the funding fracas that led to a near government shutdown, the fund was reduced to $8 million.
And now Performance.gov could be offtrack to meet its October 2012 deadline of a fully searchable public website tracking every federal agency, Nextgov reports.
While Performance.gov will continue at its current level of funding (even with the overall reduction), “[a]s a result of the reduced funding, there will be no enhancements or other development to address needs for improvement,” federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra wrote in a letter to Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.), who inquired about the effects of the E-Gov Funding cut.
The initial public rollout of Performance.gov has already been delayed at least once before. Most recently, Jeffrey Zients, the Office of Management and Budget’s chief performance officer, told a Senate subcommittee the website’s initial launch would come in the next few weeks. But Nextgov reports it is uncertain what the funding cut means for the public rollout now.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the E-Government Fund supported Recovery.gov. In fact, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an independent agency with its own budget, manages the website.