The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act calls for an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. President Obama has designated Recovery.gov as the main portal where people can see where and how stimulus dollars are being spent. The deal is this way, you can see where the money goes.
However, building something like that is really hard. The required data is all over the place, stored in a lot of different formats.
The people doing this, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board are asking for your help. In partnership with the non-profit, non-partisan National Academy of Public Administration, they will be hosting an online dialogue to engage people around five key areas:
- Website Design
- Data Collection
- Data Warehousing
- Data Analysis and Visualization
- Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Detection
- Other topics that are key to achieving greater transparency and accountability
Live for one week starting Monday the 27th, at Recovery.gov, the dialog will let people submit, comment, tag, and vote on ideas so the best ones rise to the top and become something that the Recovery Board can really use and act on.
They're being transparent about the task of enabling transparency.