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Jason DeParle of the NYT writes about a movement promoting greater access to US spending data. 

“Sunshine’s the best thing we’ve got to control waste, fraud and abuse,” he said. “It’s also the best thing we’ve got to control stupidity. It’ll be a force for the government we need.”  Senator Tom Coburn, OK

Coburn is right.  Of course, people will need to pay attention.  And, not only must the data be accessible, it must be comprehensible.  But, the cyber community can do the translating — if the data is allowed to breathe.

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