A discouraging snapshot
Pollock says what's most concerning about cutting the Electronic Government Fund is that it represents a turn away from Obama's open-government policies. "The website is really great, but the crucial thing is the actual data," he says. Though data.gov is a symbol whose loss would be painful, the real question is whether the U.S. government will continue to make its data more accessible and useful, with or without it.
On a related note, also see “Google content winner shows where our taxes go” (source of the image below)