Public Notice has a new website, Spendopedia, for tracking questionable government spending. The site is modeled after Wikipedia and readers are welcome to contribute content. Included are infographics to help conceptualize spending, as well as links to government spending in the news.
The Washington Times did an article on the website over the weekend.
Spendopedia, launched this month, is an attempt to organize examples of fiscal waste into a central, easily searchable database.
“Too often, information about wasteful spending pops in a news story or blog post, and then disappears into the black hole of the Internet,” said Joe Mansour, who dreamed up the project. “Our goal for Spendopedia was to create a Wikipedia-style resource for citizens to learn more about how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.”
The site documents programs that have been labeled as wasteful by news organizations, members of Congress or federal investigators. Each example of fiscal abuse gets its own article that includes a total cost to taxpayers.
Spendopedia says it has tracked more than $170 billion in questionable spending, but the site also tries to put that in terms easy to understand. The amount of waste is worth almost 40 billion Big Macs, 5 million new cars, 124 billion cups of coffee, or enough money to pay the salaries of 3 million soldiers, the site says.
The website catalogs more than 100 examples of waste, including a lavish conference of the Government Services Administration and excessive severance packages at the Energy Department. (Read More)
I’m sure they’ll be busy for years to come. They could work around the clock and still not track every bit of wasteful spending by the federal government, but I certainly wish them luck.