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US to shut down public data platforms: Report

US: Many of the US Government’s open government initiatives are set to be turned off by May 31, 2011, according to FederalNewsRadio.com report. Quoting an anonymous source, the report revealed that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is planning to shut down seven websites in next two months because of a lack of funding. Funding will begin to run out on April 20 for public sites IT Dashboard, Data.gov and paymentaccuracy.gov.

According to the report, OMB is also planning to shut down internal government sites, including Performance.gov, FedSpace and many of the efforts related the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort. In addition, USASpending.gov and Apps.gov/now, will be shut down after July 30, 2011.

“We need at least another USD 4 million just to keep USASpending.gov operating this year,” the anonymous source said. The White House requested USD 35 million for the e-government fund in 2011. The House allocated only USD 2 million in its bill, H.R. 1. The Senate, meanwhile, would provide USD 20 million for the e-government fund.

Source: FederalNewsRadio.com