July 1st, 2009
11:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama administration rolls out 'IT Dashboard'

The Obama administration has premiered a new online tool that allows users to track the federal government's IT investments.
The Obama administration has premiered a new online tool that allows users to track the federal government's IT investments.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration is launching an "IT Dashboard" that increases access to information about the federal government's information technology spending and investment.

Using charts and graphs, the new dashboard displays IT information by federal agency or department. Users can also share or embed the charts on their own Web sites or blogs or on social sites including Facebook, Twitter, and delicious.

The dashboard also allows users to compile their own datasets based on the information available on the site. Once compiled, users can export their custom datasets as spreadsheets or receive the same information as an RSS feed.

The new site also plays host to a number of graphics that visualize for users detailed information about the federal government's IT portfolio.

The new dashboard is located at http://it.usaspending.gov/ and is part of USASpending.gov, a Web site that allows the public to access information about federal spending.

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Way to go Mr. Prez.: 21st century transparency, just like you promised.
    Here comes the crap from the right.....

    July 1, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Transparancy

    I would much rather Obama live up to his promise of Bills being posted 5 days before they are voted on. Perhaps then our legislators would read a bill before voting on it

    July 1, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Ashly

    This president has done more for accountability than any other president in the history of the United States. Regardless of his policies or preferences, I am proud of President Obama's commitment to letting ME, a citizen, know where my taxes are going. Rock on, Prez.

    July 1, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Zora La Rousse, Lugano CH

    It can't hurt to simplify online datasets into a format that all can understand and utilize with minimal difficulty.

    July 1, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    More transparency. Efficient at that.

    July 1, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    Nice move...now Joe citizen will scrutinize the budget..and real accountability will begin.....that's going to go over well with the status quo..imagine :-)

    July 1, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Let Freedom Ring

    I"m lovin' it.

    Ths has been an exciting six months. I have confidence in my president and for the first time in years, I know America is heading in the right direction.

    Kudos President Obama, you're doing a fabulous job.

    July 1, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Melissa

    Another move toward tansparency by Obama. Excellent. He promised and he's delivering.

    July 1, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    Thank heavens for tech savviness – the way to the future!

    @ Transparency. I think the Repubs got that too. Sanford is spilling his guts. If he becomes anymore transparent he will evaporate into thin air. The poor fellow must feel like a weight has been lifted.

    July 1, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Robin

    Shari, NY July 1st, 2009 12:23 pm ET

    Thank heavens for tech savviness – the way to the future!

    @ Transparency. I think the Repubs got that too. Sanford is spilling his guts. If he becomes anymore transparent he will evaporate into thin air. The poor fellow must feel like a weight has been lifted.
    =====================================================

    Sanford is being a man and admitting his mistakes (many). He is not lying under oath like the Democratic Hero, Bill Clinton.

    July 1, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Bob in Pa

    This isn't what we expected when BO said "transparency". Transparency that we want is the inner dealings of Agncies and Congress itself.

    By the way, how much did we suckers out here pay for this beautiful new tool and how much will it cost us to maintain it ?

    July 1, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Jose in McAllen Tx

    Hey libs, don't get all excited yet and proclaim 'Transparency'. This is only for I.T. expenditures and not an accountability of the total budget.

    July 1, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. MJM

    Are u kidding me? They are still only going to put on there just what they want you to see and not what is really going on. If we really knew what was going on in the government, I'm talking past and now, most people would die of a heart attack.

    July 1, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Dick Andrews

    Fantastic!!. The best goverment in our history.

    July 1, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Bob in Pa

    All the great "magicians" of our time know this as "slight of hand" and "misdirection". Ooh, ahh, look over here at what I'm doing. Don't worry about that couple of billion dollars funding in that piece of legislation.

    July 1, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    lolol....yeah, like I trust any data coming out of this administration. What a bunch of clowns. And all the libs will be chirping about what a genius Obama is while he is picking their pockets clean.

    July 1, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. David

    The funny thing is Liberals will call this transparency even thought they have NO CLUE what any of it means. haha, i love it, it's like puppy love...

    July 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Hugo

    Meanwhile at the social security office, government retards send checks out to dead people. Further investigation reveals that Bernie Madoff was instrumental in developing the new Ponzi, err uhh, social security payout plan for the government. 33% unemployment and growing, pass the health care and cap and trade bills and watch that double Libbers!

    July 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. David

    I like this and hope that this tool will be rolled out across all government spending. Then there will be real accountability. Nice presentation of the IT investments, though!

    July 1, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. jeff

    I get a kick out of the republicans. Obama is 100000% more transparent than any any other politician in recent history, yet according to them it's all just a big conspiracy. Apparently, the only thing that isn't a conspiracy to them is Haliburton getting oil contracts in Iraq and Paulsons friends getting rich of Bush's TARP.

    July 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Debby

    Sounds good if its not doctored up.

    July 1, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    They ought to put out a Obama Failure Dashboard, but there are so many.

    July 1, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Jaz in Chitown

    Wow, you liberals will fall for anything won't you? You've got to be the easiest bunch of people to play.

    July 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Jeff, they think its a conspiracy because thats how Republicans behave. They'd rather stab people in the back than be honest and well behaved.

    July 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Marc in MS

    Um, my question is: so what? What is this information intended for? If it's to let me know how much the federal government is spending on IT, I have no need for it, and neither do most people.

    July 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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