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Need for Accountability and Transparency of Federal Grants

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has sponsored S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act that would “create a publicly-available website that would list every entity receiving federal grants or contracts and the totals awarded for the last ten fiscal years,” according to this letter to Sen. Coburn. The letter adds that “(s)uch a website would entail very little cost and would greatly increase transparency in the distribution of government funding.” The federal government provides about $300 billion annually to about 30,000 entities.

The lead signatory was the National Taxpayers Union, and included such leading citizen organizations as the Project on Government Oversight, American Conservative Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and Citizens Against Government Waste. ACTA also signed the letter. As noted in the letter, “At last, those who most deserve to know about this process – the American people – would have the tool they need to conduct their own evaluations of Washington's priorities.”