Former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, Seattle design studio Artefact, and a team of academic researchers have launched a website called USAFacts that aggregates 30 years of spending data from more than 70 federal, state, and local government agencies and presents it in easy-to-interpret data visualizations. USAFacts uses both government data that is already published as open data as well as data its researchers scraped themselves from government documents in non-machine readable formats. Ballmer created the platform to provide citizens with an easily understandable, impartial information source about America’s demographics and the government’s financial practices and priorities.
Visualizing the U.S. Government’s Data
Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.