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A campaign is underway in the US to save the government-endorsed website Data.gov and six other portals from the axe. Ironically, one of the sites earmarked for the budget slash includes the USAspending.gov portal. "Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated …

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Agendas gone wild

Ah yes, remove all accounting safeguards just after a financial meltdown in order to save money. The kind of logic that appeals to those who know budget shortfalls aren't the real target. Most of what gets chucked during a reform is whatever would benefit those not in power, not the most wasteful bits. Political Math 101.

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Vivek Kundra

Yeah, Well everyone here knows that it does not take 18 million dollars to run one website.

No agenda show

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Really?

So, regardless of complexity, number of staff, donut bills, etc., no website costs 18 million dollars to run?

Good to know.

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Really?

18 million dollars at an off-the-cuff estimate of $100k/person (trained personnel, retirement/benefits, office space, etc) =~ max 180 person staff, being cut to a max 20 person staff. This isn't Facebook; US federal agencies aren't fighting to publish information about themselves and their latest exploits. I'd wager most of the non-support non-mgmt staff is involved in pulling data for the site, which I'd expect is about as easy as pulling teeth from a great cat. It is government, so it is likely middle-heavy, but I doubt it can afford a 90% cut and still do anything but maintain what data it already has...

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What a great saving that'll be!

Now we can pay for approximately 1 hour 50 minutes of war in Iraq and Afghanistan! (SOURCE: Dept. of Defense)

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Anonymous Coward

And...

how much in Libya?

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