Obama announces site to track economic stimulus funds

President Barack Obama has announced that he will launch a Web site to publicly track how funds to implement the economic stimulus package are spent after it becomes law. The president said in his weekly radio address Jan. 24 that the online site at www.recovery.gov would let the public know where his administration was spending funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The economic recovery plan is expected to be hugely expensive, with the current price tag at about $825 billion as it winds its way through Congress. The House plans to vote on the economic stimulus plan this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, and Senate committees have scheduled consideration of the plan. Obama said Recovery.gov would help to make his administration accountable for the plan's results and reduce the skepticism many have about the plan’s size and scale.

“Instead of politicians doling out money behind a veil of secrecy, decisions about where we invest will be made public, and informed by independent experts whenever possible,” Obama said. “We will launch an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government,” and Recovery.gov would support that effort, he added. An oversight board would routinely update Recovery.gov, according to information on the Web site.

On Obama's first full day as president, he signed a memo that instructed all members of his administration to foster openness, public participation and collaboration. That includes agencies using technology to put information about their operations and decisions online, the memo said.

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Tue, Feb 17, 2009

I'm self employed, so this Stimulus Package will not benefit me one bit. I could have used a check that would help me pay my bills.

Thu, Feb 5, 2009 Lois Wells ois Healdsburg,Ca

HAS EVERYONE FORGOT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ABOUT THE ECONOMY WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING. SPECIFICALLY. THE ECONOMY WOULD TAKE TIME TO GET BACK ON TRACK.NOW IT SEEMS THAT EVERYONE WANTS AMIRACLE OF SOMEKIND. IF THIS RECOVERY PACKAGE IS TO WORK THE REPUBLICANS MUST BE CONSIDERATE OF THE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY.WORK ON THIS PACKAGE AS A TEAM AND SHOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT BI-PARTISANSHIP CAN WORK.THE TAXCUTS ARE NOW BIG ENOUGH,ABOUT 35% OF THE PACKAGE.NOW IS THE TIME TO UNITE, NOT DIVIDE.PLEASE GIVE MR PRESIDENT MORE THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOU JUDGE HIM.AT LAST A PRESIDENT THAT CAN SAY "I SCREWED UP" AND NOT BLAME SOMEONE ELSE.

Thu, Jan 29, 2009 Huet Northern Virginia

Let's see, $825,000,000,000 divided by 4,000,000 jobs. Do the math. Why don't we save another few billion and just give $60,000-$100,000 to each person on welfate or who is out of work?

Wed, Jan 28, 2009 Felicia Kelly Bflo,NY

Is it public info on much the American people are going to be alloted? Or where can it be obtained?

Wed, Jan 28, 2009 Nick Beck San Diego, CA

I am so tired of watching the news with every thing relating to Obama. I do not like giving money out to anyone that is not going to put it back into jobs or to keep families in their homes. The banks have not spent the first bailout right and needs to be held accountable for their actions. While I believe that we need to keep the banks open it is shameful for our government to give them more money to spend as they wish. We need jobs and we need to get people back into homes. I hear many people trying to tell the government the same thing, but I really do not think that our politicians are listening. What is going to happen when the unemployment money runs out for some people? When is the government going to start protecting the people of this country instead of business' that do not know how to manage their money? We need some responsible people in governemnt that are going to protect the people that are paying taxes. I already have doubts about this new government that promised to change things.

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