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Could Pass-The-Hat Kill Open Government?

Could Pass-The-Hat Kill Open Government?, By Joseph Marks, NextGov (05/18/11).

With the E-Gov fund, which paid for open government websites such as data.gov and usaspending.gov, severely trimmed and unlikely to be restored, the open government group OMB Watch speculated in an article Wednesday that those sites may have to turn to the so-called pass-the-hat funding model to stay in business.

The Trouble with the “Pass-the-Hat” Funding Model for Government Technology Projects, OMB Watch (May 17, 2011).

Rather than using funding expressly designated by Congress, a project under a pass-the-hat model is funded by contributions from other purpose accounts of multiple agencies, frequently prorated based on agency size or use. This model is different from “fee for service,” which also involves agency payments but is usually in return for specific services, such as payroll.

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