OpenGov Voices: Bringing Transparency to Earmarks Buried in the Budget

My Data Science for Social Good earmarks team wrote a post for the Sunlight Foundation about difficulties encountered in trying to find congressional earmarks. It begins:

Last week, President Obama kicked off the fiscal year 2016 budget cycle by unveiling his $3.99 trillionbudget proposal. Congress has the next eight months to write the final version, leaving plenty of time for individual senators and representatives, state and local governments, corporate lobbyists, bureaucrats, citizens groups, think tanks and other political groups to prod and cajole for changes. The final bill will differ from Obama’s draft in major and minor ways, and it won’t always be clear how those changes came about. Congress will reveal many of its budget decisions after voting on the budget, if at all.

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