In stark contrast to our previous administration, President Obama’s first weekly address discusses the stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (pdf) and the need for transparency. While many good issues were discussed, what stood out was the creation of a web site called Recovery.gov that would detail spending of the stimulus via a searchable database.
As quoted via ABC News
“We will launch an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new Web site called recovery.gov.”
Recovery.gov – will soon be transformed into a database for information on new spending originating from the $825 billion economic stimulus package. This part of Congress’s effort to bring “a historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability” to the stimulus so that “taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and Americans can see results for their investment”
Maybe something Bush should have done with Paulson?