WWW. Where Our Government's Money Goes. Com Amid all the partisan bickering this week, Congress did manage to pass a bill -- unanimously, no less! And this bill is sure to make a lot of government-watchers happy. It requires the government to create a searchable database of all contracts and grants worth more than $25,000. We're talking hundreds of billions of dollars a year. The average person should be able to type in something simple – say "FEMA trailers" -- and find out how much money is being spent on them and who's getting it. That kind of spending is almost impossible to track now, unless you have a lot of time, patience and investigative savvy. The new site is supposed to be up and running by the start of 2008.
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Amid all the partisan bickering this week, Congress did manage to pass a bill — unanimously, no less! And this bill is sure to make a lot of government-watchers happy. It requires the government to create a searchable database of all contracts and grants worth more than $25,000. We're talking hundreds of billions of dollars a year. The average person should be able to type in something simple – say "FEMA trailers" — and find out how much money is being spent on them and who's getting it. That kind of spending is almost impossible to track now, unless you have a lot of time, patience and investigative savvy. The new site is supposed to be up and running by the start of 2008.