Obama re recovery: We'll show you the money

Obama re recovery: We'll show you the money


Micah Sifry at TechPresident passes on a report from Clint Hendler of CJR.org. He quotes the President marking a major departure from the policies of the former administration, and a big move ahead for accountability and transparency:

“We’re actually going to set up something called Recovery.gov—this is going to be a special website we set up, that gives you a report on where the money is going in your community, how it’s being spent, how many jobs it’s being created so that all of you can be the eyes and ears. And if you see that a project is not working the way it’s supposed to, you’ll be able to get on that website and say, ‘You know, I thought this was supposed to be going to school construction but I haven’t noticed any changes being made.’ And that will help us track how this money is being spent. …The key is that we’re going to have strong oversight and strong transparency to make sure this money isn’t being wasted.”

This is a big change, since the policy of the prior Administration was to hide what happens to big expenditures, which includes their bailout, but also tens of billions of dollars allegedly spent on the Iraq war.

It's genuinely transformative, a big move ahead for an accountable and honest government.



John Thacker

That's good, but it's important to keep pushing on this. There was also the promise for "posting bills for five days for comment before signing them," and that one's already been broken, with the SCHIP bill and the Lily Ledbetter Act. Of course it's early, and they were posted, but for less than five days before in one case, and after signing in another, but it's important to make sure these things don't fall through the cracks.

Jeffrey Levy

This has the potential to be very, very good.
It also has the potential to meaninglessly set up new reporting requirements, expenses for databases and staff and contractor time, and new web management responsibilities.
They key question: will recovery.gov take advantage of what's already produced at usaspending.gov, grants.gov, economicrecovery.gov, and similar sites, expanding only enough to fill its special mission?
If so, wonderful.
If not, then we're potentially duplicating effort and expense.

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