It’s the end of September…do you know where your Recovery funds are? If not, you can easily track them using the newly re-launched Recovery.gov. The site, which aims to track funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, now boasts interactive maps, detailed graphs and charts and an easy-to-use layout.
A notable feature is an interactive map allowing you to identify specific locations where contracts, grants and loans are allocated. Just enter your ZIP code under the U.S. graphic on the home page and a map of your region will show the names of Recovery Act fund recipients in your area. You can even read descriptions of specific projects the funds are intended to support (for example, click here to see a map of projects in the Northwest D.C. area).
Another feature on the home page allows you to search for projects by agency, state, monetary amount and the type of award.
Charts on the site also rank allocations per agency or state/territories.
Earl E. Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, said the Web site intends to empower individuals to monitor projects in their area and report any suspected abuse or waste of funds. A red tab on the top right corner of the home page allows visitors to submit complaints electronically. A fraud hotline, fax number and mailing address are also listed.
“You’ll be our first line of defense against those who would abuse this money,” Devaney said in a video posted on the Web site.
The re-launch is in anticipation of the first quarterly deadline for spending reports from all grants, loans and contracts. Recovery.gov will post all data from federal contracts by Oct.15. Spending data from states and other recipients will be posted by Oct. 30. The quarterly process will be repeated until the entire $787 billion in Recovery funds have been spent, Devaney said in the video.
A timeline of actions taken under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are listed here.
More information on the Act and Recovery.gov can be read here.
Please welcome Social Government’s newest contributor, Patricio Chile. Chile is a freelance writer and Web consultant currently based in Washington. Previously, he held positions at the USC Network Culture Project and at Third Sector Magazine in the United Kingdom. Chile is a 2009 graduate of American University, double majoring in Communication and Political Science.