Steve Ballmer’s Newest Thing

Steve Ballmer just publicly announced a new thing he’s funding: a public database that shows all government spending across federal, state, and local levels.

He likens the project as the “10-K” of government.

He did an interview with the NYT about it here. A good part:

“I love this one!” he said, showing me a slide of information about government employees. “Don’t look, don’t look!” He instructed me to cover my eyes from the number at the bottom of the page.

“How many people work for government in the United States?” he asked, with the excitement of a child showing off a new toy, before displaying the answer. “Almost 24 million. Would you have guessed that?”

Just go read the whole thing, then sign up to hear more from the project website,