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House Appropriations Committee Could Boost E-Gov Funding

After being drastically cut, the E-Government budget, which funds open-government websites, such as Data.gov and the IT Dashboard, may be getting a boost to its bottom line.

On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee on Friday appeared to approve $13 million for the E-government fund for next fiscal year. That represents a $5 million increase from the current fiscal year’s funding for e-government, which was reduced to a mere $8 million (from a $34 million request) during the kerfuffle surrounding a possible government shutdown in April.

However, as FierceGovernmentIT reports, there is some uncertainty about the final number. That’s because e-gov funding is included in the budget for the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, which was allocated $50 million in total fiscal 2012 spending.

Transparency-group the Sunlight Foundation, which first drew attention to this new development, postulates that OCS will receive about $37 million in funding, leaving the rest for the e-gov fund.

Earlier last week, The Hill reported that open-government groups, including the the Sunlight Foundation, had written had written to the House Appropriations Committee urging it to restore funding.

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