Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Recovery.gov is live

The newest web site from our government is ready to go. Recovery.gov is live.

Here is how they describe it:

Recovery.gov is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors. As soon as we are able to, we'll display that information visually in maps, charts, and graphics.

There are all kinds of neat things to see and discover. Take a minute to check it out and see for yourself what is there. A timeline to track what is happening. The full text of the bill. A place to share our stories how this is affecting us.

This is something unique. Never before has our government given us a chance to see exactly what it is doing with our money, how it is dispersing it, how it is spending it, to give us a chance to make suggestions on how to do it better.

I am sure there will still be criticisms, but this is really unprecedented. Spin this one GOP.


Vast said...

Nice to see they finally got it going and got rid of that ugly temp page. Looks like a great start, although navigation may be a bit clumsy. The White House web site also is a bit clumsy to navigate.

One thing though, I do hope that sites like Fact Check will take on the task of double checking at least some of the figures and information that is posted. Not that I don't trust the administration, but it's always nice to have third party verification.

Patricia said...

Oh, they'll spin it for sure. Just for starters, every glitch with the web server will illicit claims that they're hiding something. The fact they'd have had to make a conscious choice to put anything up to begin with will be disregarded.

trishSWFL said...

I am just happy to see it there, and plan to check it often.

Can't remember ever having such open access before!