The ARRA (says I) – or

No news that President Obama today signed the much-debated economic stimulus package agreement, or what’s officially now known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (I’ll call it ARRA henceforth). Whether this makes you, your clients, your family, etc. happy or angry, what we can probably all agree on is that the decision by the Prez to make all future spending under the legislation OPEN and TRANSPARENT is tres cool. 

Under the banner of (in a similar vein of this Administration’s providing common sense WWW locations for other government entities such as THE WHITE HOUSE), all money distributed by the various Federal agencies under ARRA will be displayed “visually in maps, charts, and graphics” on this site. How cool is that?!?! I love charts and graphics!

For a less-than-two-minute blurb from Obama himself on the aims of this new site, watch this video:

Let’s hear it for accountability and transparency to your (any) constituencies!


4 Responses

  1. hey, this is super cool. i support the idea of being able to track where our money is going and the overall progress of this thing. thanks for posting, jes.

  2. OMG, just in time! Getting ready to hang with the GOP section of my family (which is, um, everyone but me) and they always go on and on and ON about politicians doing things behind closed doors. Now I have a handy solution. (Of course, they won’t do it, would rather complain.)

    I love chart & graphs too!!!

  3. i saw this highlighted on the news so smart (about time!)

  4. Thanks guys! A good point made during the Rolling Knowledge panel yesterday was that it remains to be seen at what level the transparency will play out, but at least it is a step in the right direction, as far as government goes, imo.

    Cliz – so funny about repubs – complaining even in the face of ‘you asked, well here it is.’ ;-)

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