The Obama administration has launched a new website at Recovery.gov to provide the American people with greater transparency when it comes to how the government is spending tax revenues. Created under the House American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HARRA), the website will help to provide insight into how the funds being made available by the Federal government for economic recovery are actually being spent.
According to a statement by the Obama administration, the site at Recovery.gov “will soon be transformed into a database for information on new spending originating from the $825 billion economic stimulus package. This part of Congress’s effort to bring ‘a historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability’ to the stimulus so that ‘taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and Americans can see results for their investment’.”
The Recovery.gov website is mandated by the recent House American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In the House’s ARRA, it specifically dictates that “The Board shall establish and maintain a website on the Internet to be named Recovery.gov, to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of funds made available in this Act,” explaining that “Recovery.gov shall be a portal or gateway to key information related to this Act and provide a window to other Government websites with related information.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act goes on to say that, among other things:
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(1) The website shall provide materials explaining what this Act means for citizens. The materials shall be easy to understand and regularly updated.
(2) The website shall provide accountability information, including a database of findings from audits, inspectors general, and the Government Accountability Office.
(3) The website shall provide data on relevant economic, financial, grant, and contract information in user-friendly visual presentations to enhance public awareness of the use funds made available in this Act.
(4) The website shall provide detailed data on contracts awarded by the Government for purposes of carrying out this Act, including information about the competitiveness of the contracting process, noti1fication of solicitations for contracts to be awarded, and information about the process that was used for the award of contracts.
(5) The website shall include printable reports on funds made available in this Act obligated by month to each State and congressional district.
(6) The website shall provide a means for the public to give feedback on the performance of contracts awarded for purposes of carrying out this Act.
One thing that is already clear is that Obama and his team intend to carry on the tradition started during his campaign of using the Internet as more than just a marketing tool.
You can check the site out at Recovery.gov, although currently it is displaying only this image:
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