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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Help Name a Federal Spending Database for the Internet

Just got this email from Gary Bass, Executive Director of OMB Watch, which has been a tireless advocate of Sen. Tom Coburn's Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. His organization is preparing to post a private precursor to the public database of federal spending mandated by FFATA.

The new database needs a name. Something catchy that might even spark the public imagination. Here's Gary on how you can help:

"As you may know, OMB Watch is preparing to make federal contracts and grants available online in a searchable format this October. (We hope it is put out of business by the Coburn-Obama bill.).

"We have spent the last two months working at a breakneck pace to ready a server, do the needed programming, and begin developing a user friendly interface. We will start a beta test in August. (If you want to be a beta tester and have not yet told me, please let me know.)

"Now we need a name and URL that signifies the importance of this service and captures the public's imagination. We set up a one-question survey to get your thoughts on the best name at http://www.zoomerang.com/recipient/survey.zgi?p=WEB225HYS74CVZ.

"Please visit the URL and vote for what you think is the best name. Please circulate this to others and ask them to vote on a name."

Will do, Gary.

I understand that one famous Capitol Hill Porker (who shall remain anonymous) was heard saying the right name for the public spending database is "Armageddon." (HT to Gary for correcting my spelling).