August 24, 2010
Federal Social Innovation Fund Already Facing Criticism
No sooner did the White House-touted Social Innovation Fund announce its first round of grants than it faced its first round of criticisms. The New York Times reports that a lack of transparency in the selection process for the multi-million dollar grants has led to accusations of conflicts of interest and to accountability concerns generally. While the Fund is apparently quickly seeking to address at least some of these issues, the planned release of only redacted versions of grant applications, and then only for the grant winners, may not be enough to resolve the concerns in the eyes of critics.
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