The government Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board launched a new version of Recovery.gov today. The website tracks government recovery money by state, agency, and even ZIP code. The New York Times reports:
Earl E. Devaney, the chairman of the recovery board, said in a statement that the new and improved Web site “will be very interactive and user-friendly and will allow the public to find detailed information on projects in their states, congressional districts, and even in their own neighborhoods.”
Recovery.gov, which went live in February, has been criticized by both partisan and independent sources for its tracking of the $787 billion stimulus package.
For example, ProPublica, an nonprofit investigative newsroom, wrote in July that “recovery.gov appears to use out-of-date and even contradictory information.”
Mr. Devaney defended the Web site to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review earlier this month. “We put up the most complex database of government spending, ever, in five or six months,” he said. “Normally, that would take a couple of years at least.”
Recovery.gov now appears to be officially competing with Onvia Inc.’s Recovery.com. Seattle-based Onvia collects data on government procurement, which allows it to post real-time information. The federal government, on the other hand, has given states and local governments until October to report stimulus spending, according to this NPR report.
The other nice thing about Recovery.com is that you can comment on projects. Recovery.gov, meanwhile, advertises the efficacy of the recovery program.
I’m sticking with the private site.