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There is a website that uses a combination of blogs and reports to provide information on how federal agencies are impacting your state. Government in My Back Yard (GIMBY) is non-partisan and non-ideological, and is published by Understanding Government, an organization founded by Charles Peters, a longtime advocate of federal oversight and transparency. Peters has devoted his life to creating an informed citizenry though transparent, nonpartisan media. In 1969, he founded Washington Monthly, a magazine intended to help readers understand our system of politics and governance. Peters’ next venture, the non-profit Understanding Government, further served to educate the public on the workings of Washington by focusing on the way journalists look at the federal government, specifically the executive branch.

Unlike Peters’ past ventures, GIMBY takes the focus to the grassroots level, highlighting statewide initiatives that put the federal government’s actions in perspective. Beyond demonstrating how the actions of the federal government have ramifications on a personal level, GIMBY’s reports give a balanced perspective on controversial state-based issues. You can navigate the site by agency (Justice, Treasury, etc.), issue (Waterways, Education, etc.), or state to see what comes up. For example, a search for Connecticut, my home state, reveals a Connecticut River restoration plan funded by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a branch of the U.S Department of the Interior, and an expanded Health and Human Services program that will provide $35 million in grant money over the next five years to Connecticut children's shelters. GIMBY is a valuable resource, directing the national conversation about government in America toward policy instead of ideology.

By: Jamie Neikrie
Intern, POGO

Photograph of Jamie Neikrie Jamie Neikrie is an intern with the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Government Accountability

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Authors: Jamie Neikrie

Submitted by nitpicker at: October 22, 2013
"Government in My Back Yard (GIMBY) is non-partisan and non-ideological" GIMBY may be non-partisan, but its ideology is clearly pro-transparency, pro-accountability, and pro-informed citizenry.

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