Data and Transparency

I’ve linked to Steve Benen’s stuff before. Here’s a nice post… it starts as simply by looking at numbers of attacks in Iraq, but then transitions into a short list of data series the administration has decided the government should no longer track. Namely:

“* In March, the administration announced it would no longer produce the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, which identifies which programs best assist low-income families, while also tracking health insurance coverage and child support.

* In 2005, after a government report showed an increase in terrorism around the world, the administration announced it would stop publishing its annual report on international terrorism.

* After the Bureau of Labor Statistics uncovered discouraging data about factory closings in the U.S., the administration announced it would stop publishing information about factory closings.

* When an annual report called “Budget Information for States” showed the federal government shortchanging states in the midst of fiscal crises, Bush’s Office of Management and Budget announced it was discontinuing the report, which some said was the only source for comprehensive data on state funding from the federal government.

* When Bush’s Department of Education found that charter schools were underperforming, the administration said it would sharply cut back on the information it collects about charter schools.”

(Links to each of these are provided in Benen’s original post.)

What are other sources of data that the administration has decided not to track any more? (Let’s leave out M3 – that’s a Fed issue.)