As the White House and Congressional Republicans inch toward an agreement before the fiscal cliff deadline, the opportunity remains for digging deeper into the federal budget and the impact of a deal -- or lack of deal -- on both the country's broad economic health and local communities. Find help in these links and resources.
A collaboration between IRE and the Sunlight Foundation, Econocheck is free to both members and non-members. It offers a wealth of data for covering the economy, including the following topics:
IRE has tipsheets on everything from the federal budget to using census data to cover the economy
NICAR federal spending data
The federal government gives out billions of dollars each year in contracts and grants - NICAR's datasets can help you track how that money is spent.
Reynolds Center for Business Journalism
Here's a small sample of the items available from the Reynolds center:
Government information on the web
Here area few basic links to government reports and data that that are readily available on the web. For more, be sure to check out the NICAR net tour.