USAFacts

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USAFacts
Nonprofit organization
Founded2016
FounderSteve Ballmer
Websiteusafacts.org

USAFacts (circa 2017) is a non-profit organization and website which offers a non-partisan portrait of the US population, its government's finances, and government's impact on society.[1][2][3][4][5]

History and background[edit]

USAFacts Design

USAFacts was founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] USAFacts was launched on April 18, 2017 Tax Day, with the goal of making government data about tax revenues, expenditures, and outcomes more accessible and understandable. USAFacts's platform is designed to provide information to the public about government spending and impact at all levels, from federal to local.[13][14]

At launch, the website gathered data from over 70 government agencies and pulls data from more than 130 US government statistical databases and reports.[15]

Only official government data is included in the site.[16][17][18]

On April 17, 2018 USAFacts held what it described as America's Shareholder Meeting, a live webcast where Ballmer discussed USAFacts' "2018 Annual Report and 10-K for the US Government".[19][20]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digging into government spending data -- GCN". GCN. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  2. ^ Price, Gary. "Research Tools: USAFacts.org, a New Resource For US Government Spending/Revenue Data Makes Debut". LJ INFOdocket. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  3. ^ Stinson, Liz. "Steve Ballmer's USAFacts Uses Smart Design To Make Sense of Government Spending". WIRED. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  4. ^ "Steve Ballmer's US data trove isn't the first, but may be the best". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  5. ^ Board, The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial. "Steve Ballmer has a website that could change government". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  6. ^ "Why billionaire Steve Ballmer spent $10 million to build a free — and strangely patriotic — website". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  7. ^ "In the Era of Alternative Facts, Steve Ballmer Finds a Hunger for Real Data". Bloomberg.com. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  8. ^ "How Clippers' owner Steve Ballmer is trying to create the Wikipedia of government figures". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  9. ^ "Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer won't run for office: Politics is the 'worst sales job in the world'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  10. ^ "Tech billionaire Steve Ballmer spent $10 million to disprove a 'rancorous' belief about Democrats and Republicans". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  11. ^ "Steve Ballmer: We're not grounded in the same facts, and that troubles me". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  12. ^ Board, The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial. "Steve Ballmer has a website that could change government". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  13. ^ "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to U.S. politicians: 'Shame on you' if you ignore data". GeekWire. 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  14. ^ "Microsoft's Former CEO on Using Data to Tell Government's Story". www.governing.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  15. ^ "Sources". usafacts.org. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  16. ^ "Just the facts: The government's data gets a clearer window at USAFacts - Fedscoop". Fedscoop. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  17. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross (2017-04-17). "Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  18. ^ Bort, Julie (10 June 2017). "Why billionaire Steve Ballmer spent $10 million to build a free — and strangely patriotic — website". Business Insider. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Steve Ballmer's latest act: 'Evangelist of facts' - Puget Sound Business Journal". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  20. ^ "Steve Ballmer's latest act: 'Evangelist of facts' - The Tech News". The Tech News. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-04-12.

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