Recovery.gov to Host Online Dialogue on Improving Transparency of Recovery Funds

Recovery.gov was launched after the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-5) to provide the public with,  “information on how the Act is working, tools to help you hold the government accountable, and up-to-date data on the expenditure of funds.” The Act established an oversight board of inspectors general called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is responsible for running Recovery.gov. Here’s a memo from Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), that stipulates federal agency requirements to provide spending and performance data to the new Web site.

Recovery.gov is an ambitious project, and there is need for improvement. Recognizing that, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns (NY-D-10) sent a letter to Vice President Biden urging him to convene a high-tech roundtable of federal, state and private sector IT leaders to come up with a uniform approach to track and account for Recovery Act funding.

In response, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and OMB will partner with the  National Academy of Public Administration to host an online national dialogue to answer the question:

What ideas, tools, and approaches can make Recovery.gov a place where the public can transparently monitor the expenditure and use of recovery funds?

You’re invited to join IT professionals, the public, state and local partners, potential recipients and solution providers  for a week-long dialogue to answer that question. If you are interested in participating, log on to www.recovery.gov starting April 27th.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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