NPP at Hack for Western Mass, a gallery on Flickr.
NPP sponsored Hack for Western Mass over the weekend as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Here’s what we did all weekend!Via Flickr:
NPP, a sponsor of Hack for Western Mass, also had several hackathon challenges related to making the U.S. federal budget accessible to all people.
Appropriations Process – The annual process through which Congress creates the discretionary budget.
Appropriations bills specify how much money will go to different agencies and programs. In addition to these funding bills, Congress must pass legislation that provides the federal government the legal authority to actually spend the money.3 These laws are called authorizations. Authorizations often cover multiple years, so authorizing legislation does not need to pass Congress every year the way appropriations bills do. When a multi-year authorization expires, Congress often passes a reauthorization to continue the programs in question.
What comes next? Find out here!
Federal Government Spending: Less Transparency in a World of Open Data | APDU: The Association of Public Data Users
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How is the rest of the budget spent? Find out here.
How YOUR income tax dollar gets spent. Get your personalized tax receipt here.
A Tax Day Plan For Righting the Republic
How does President Obama’s budget proposal compare to the Congressional budget proposals and what Americans say they want? Larger version here.
What would happen if the federal budget matched up with what Americans say they would like it spent on? Read research director Mattea Kramer’s op-ed and find out.
From our friends at the National Women’s Law Center.
Have you paid your income taxes? Do you know where they’re going? Follow the money and get a tax receipt here.