Dallas Mavericks Owner Cuban Enters the FOIA Biz…

Already a player in his quest for SEC docs, Mark Cuban is shining the light on federal travel as well…

A new website aimed at tracking how much money agencies spend on federal travel just launched.

JunketSleuth.com will monitor through Freedom of Information Act requests official travel patterns of federal employees, allowing users to search government travel records. The site is a sister of BailoutSleuth.com, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting site that tracks the flow of money allocated through the Troubled Asset Relief Program and other economic initiatives.

“The main reason we’re doing this is transparency and openness in government,” said Chris Carey, editor and president of BailoutSleuth.com, which runs JunketSleuth. “These are tough economic times, businesses are cutting [back], individuals are cutting back, and we’re wondering, is the government cutting back on travel? By putting up the databases, we hope people can look for themselves.”

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