Billionaire Steve Ballmer to debut public database showcasing government spending
WASHINGTON - Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will debut a database he's collected for the last three years that will show revenue and spending by federal, state and local governments in the U.S.
According to The New York Times, his start-up utilized the help of professionals - economists and professors - that contributed to the data collection.
USAFacts is expected to launch Tuesday according to the report.
As of 9 ET, the site stated "Coming soon..."
Ballmer told the times he "would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions."
“People can disagree about what to do — I’m not going to tell people what to do.”
Approaching the project with what the Times describes as "an unlimited budget," Ballmer spent more than $10 million between funding and grants.
“I’m happy to fund the damn thing.”
The project pulls data that explores questions about how many people work for the government, and who is included in that category: public school and higher-ed employees.
Ballmer kept it a goal to keep the project apolitical, and felt he was able to accomplish that by only using data collected by the government.