April 18, 2017 Last Updated 1:21 pm

Former Microsoft CEO launches website that attempts to track U.S. government spending

USAFacts.org looks to answer the questions ‘where does the money come from and where is it spent? Whom does it serve? And most importantly, what are the outcomes?’

The former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has helped launch what may prove to be a very useful new website at USAFacts.org. The nonpartisan website is designed to track US government spending.

Though the team at USAFacts have not released any launch announcement, Ballmer himself appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday to promote the site. Unfortunately, the website crashed during the segment, though that might well be something Ballmer was used to as it things like that happened often during his Microsoft demonstration days.

“USAFacts was inspired by a conversation Steve Ballmer had with his wife,” the website’s About page says. “She wanted him to get more involved in philanthropic work. He thought it made sense to first find out what government does with the money it raises. Where does the money come from and where is it spent? Whom does it serve? And most importantly, what are the outcomes?”

The site’s main infographic is inspired by the the preamble to the ConstitutionL “Establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare; and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” It then breaks out spending based on those concepts.

It is in the way that this is organized that some might all into question any editorializing that the site might be doing. But the site has only just launched, and there is plenty more work to be done.

The design work for the sete was done by the Artefact Group of Seattle, with partners being the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the Penn Wharton Budget Model, and Lynchburg College.

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