-- big news regarding Federal accountability and transparency

Hey, the Obama folks are really serious about telling us how Washington operates and the role of money there.

This is a genuinely big advance in grassroots democracy.

They just launched, which will be a repository of downloadable government data on what's really going on. The deal is that you can write a web application which reaches into that data and make it easy for anyone to see what's happening. 

(Well, by "you" I mean "nerd like me", if I was still technical.)

The Sunlight Foundation, the real big leader in accountability and transparency, just announced Apps for America 2: The Challenge

I figure I should practice what I preach and have contributed a big chunk of the prize money.

Disclosure: since the Sunlight folks are doing so much good, I've joined their Board.