The Office of Management and Budget, high off the fumes of the successful passage of the Coburn-Obama bill creating a searchable database of government spending, is considering how to get more help from bloggers on other accountability projects. But, as The Washington Post reports:
The blogosphere remains an unstable realm: At the height of the search for Stevens, a cry rose to abolish secret holds, which are often used for innocuous reasons, and at least one blogger demanded that the entire Senate be shut down until the holder was found.
OMB official Robert J. Shea seems to grasp that better than his bosses. Using bloggers as advocates, he mused, "could backfire."
More fun with acronyms: The Coburn-Obama bill is formally known as the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, or FFAT. Mid-press conference, OMB director Rob Portman realized the acronym needed work, and immediately put out a plea for a better option. I propose calling the pork-indexing task force the National Office for Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency, or NOFFAT. But surely you can do better.