Tracking the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
From President Obama’s 2/14/09 weekly address:
“Now, some fear we won’t be able to effectively implement a plan of this size and scope, and I understand their skepticism. Washington hasn’t set a very good example in recent years. And with so much on the line, it’s time to begin doing things differently.
That’s why our goal must be to spend these precious dollars with unprecedented accountability, responsibility, and transparency. I’ve tasked my cabinet and staff to set up the kind of management, oversight, and disclosure that will help ensure that, and I will challenge state and local governments to do the same.
Once the plan is put into action, a new website – Recovery DOT gov – will allow any American to watch where the money goes and weigh in with comments and questions – and I encourage every American to do so. Ultimately, this is your money, and you deserve to know where it’s going and how it’s spent.”
Though at the moment Recovery.gov shows only the message above (Update: the site is now live), it will be interesting to see how the government accounts for the hundrends of billions of dollars set to flood into the economy. It will be more interesting to see how comments and questions are addressed. Will it be true transparency, or will it be manipulation of perception and context?