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    Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Recovery.gov

    Source [Ars Technica | Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live]

    President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 today, and while much of the $789 billion in spending provided over the legislation's 1,100 pages will take years to make its way into the economy, one provision of the bill is already being enacted: The White House has launched Recovery.gov, a site designed to track the myriad expenditures authorized under the law for transportation infrastructure, broadband deployment, science, education, and targeted tax relief.

    Thus far, of course, there's not much to watch—aside from the aforementioned video—since funds have yet to be assigned to specific projects. A chart on the front page breaks down the broad spending categories into which federal dollars will flow, while a timeline gives the dates on which visitors can expect more information: initial funding reports from agencies start coming in on March 3, with detailed breakdowns due on May 15, and information on competitive grants and contracts showing up starting on the 20th. The site's FAQ promises that this data will eventually be available in an exportable format, such as XML, enabling third-party sites to produce their own "mashups and gadgets." (This may mark the first use of the word "mashup" on a White House site.)
    Of course it's too early to tell how valuable the site will actually be, but I applaud the intention to provide transparent, accessible data. The ability to export the data is more important than it sounds, and I'm sure that at least a few members will make full use of first-hand easy to parse data.

    On the whole, I also appreciate the work that the Obama administration has done embracing the web as an important, high profile way to interact with the public. I hope that future administrations follow suit.

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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    Recovery.gov

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    Of course it's too early to tell how valuable the site will actually be, but I applaud the intention to provide transparent, accessible data. The ability to export the data is more important than it sounds, and I'm sure that at least a few members will make full use of first-hand easy to parse data.

    On the whole, I also appreciate the work that the Obama administration has done embracing the web as an important, high profile way to interact with the public. I hope that future administrations follow suit.
    I agree. The Republicans have been a bit too irrational about the stimulus package-- I maintained my silence. This money is just a small ripple in the pond.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    Recovery.gov

    Source [Ars Technica | Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live]



    Of course it's too early to tell how valuable the site will actually be, but I applaud the intention to provide transparent, accessible data. The ability to export the data is more important than it sounds, and I'm sure that at least a few members will make full use of first-hand easy to parse data.

    On the whole, I also appreciate the work that the Obama administration has done embracing the web as an important, high profile way to interact with the public. I hope that future administrations follow suit.
    Can we use the site to track how fast the nickel 50 cent candy bar will go up to 20 bucks?
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Can we use the site to track how fast the nickel 50 cent candy bar will go up to 20 bucks?
    Might fix the obesity problem.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    $81B for "Protecting the Vulnerable"

    You can't make this **** up.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    $81B for "Protecting the Vulnerable"

    You can't make this **** up.
    Has to win the Vulnerable vote somehow. Welcome to America where we'll spend money strangely, if you promise to vote me back into office.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Has to win the Vulnerable vote somehow. Welcome to America where we'll spend money strangely, if you promise to vote me back into office.
    Republicans at least understood that if you just kill the Vulnerable off, they can't vote for the other guy.

    It was cheaper, too.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Republicans at least understood that if you just kill the Vulnerable off, they can't vote for the other guy.

    It was cheaper, too.
    And you see what happened to the Republicans.
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    Re: Stimulus-tracking Recovery.gov site goes live

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    And you see what happened to the Republicans.
    And one day, it will again happen to the Democrats.

    In any case, we'll see how this tool works out. It's interesting, at least.
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