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USAFacts: A New Take on Government Data
Information Today - Medford
Author: O'Leary, Mick
Date: Jul/Aug 2017
Start Page: 16
Pages: 2
Abstract (Document Summary)
Ballmer self-funded the project, working with a small group of data experts and in partnership with the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the Penn Wharton Budget Model, and Lynchburg College. USAFacts' main section, Missions, is its largest and most comprehensive, covering government spending and functions and the nation's socioeconomic conditions. The 403 charts represent just a minuscule portion of all existing federal, state, and local government data, but it is generally a judicious selection that includes the key metrics for each topic. [...]there is a chart for the employment rate, but not for the unemployment rate; for home sales, but not for retail sales; and for infant mortality, but not for maternal mortality. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, the U.S. Bank Prime Loan Rate, and the Consumer Price Index for food are all through 2014 only, although newer data for each of these can be found in government documents. USAFacts' other sections expand on the topics represented in the Missions section: * Finances goes into greater depth on several key aspects of federal, state, and local government finance: revenue by source; spending by function; employee types, numbers, and compensation; debt; governmentrun businesses such as the U.S....
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