States launch stimulus-tracking sites

 In less than two months, all 50 states have created Web sites that track their use of their share of the federal economic stimulus package, and that link to the federal site.

However, the state sites are individual efforts and offer a patchwork of data. Some are more effective than others in providing transparency, a government watchdog analyst said.

“It’s very uneven. Some states are very light on details,” said Craig Jennings, a federal fiscal policy analyst at OMB Watch. “Having a Web site is a small part. Making it useful to the public is really what we are after for transparency and accountability.”

President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Feb. 17. Ten days later, 10 states had already linked their Web sites to the fledgling site, as the law requires.

By March 30, all the states except South Carolina, North Dakota and South Dakota had added their recovery Web site links to the federal portal. By April 15, all 50 states were online and linked to the federal site.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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Reader comments

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Let's go to the Fair Tax where the federal government wouldget just so much and that's it. Let's stop all this non-sense.

Thu, Apr 23, 2009 Troy Sacramento

Ruben, if you go to, on the right side of the page there's a heading that says "State's Progress". Click on that and you will see a map of the U.S. You can then click on the state you want to know more about from there. Here's the link:

Thu, Apr 23, 2009 KLIMAX Baltimore

The stimulus program is a sham! The tax payers will still be paying for it a hundred years from now. I don't know how Obama slipped this past the American public.The only people who will benifit from it is the ILLEGALS who will get jobs (due to the lack of E-VERIFY)and not pay a cent of taxes like they do now! THANKS MR. OBAMA

Thu, Apr 23, 2009 Troy

As a reply to a message below...The whole stimulus idea is the ONLY idea that anyone can come up with. What has the GOP come up with other than tax cuts for the wealthy and a spending freeze? Most economists agree that during a recession/depression is NOT the time to stop spending. FDR got unemployment from 25% to 10% by the end of his two terms. The first three years it went from 25% to $15, but that last 5% was slow going because HE PULLED BACK ON STIMULUS. Don't buy the GOPs new book trying to rewrite history on the New Deal. It's all a bunch of lies.

Thu, Apr 23, 2009 Troy Sacramento

I went to the new California Recovery site and just clicked on a couple of PDF Form 700s. One said they had taken a trip to Japan at a cost of $10,000. Another had the cover of the 700 form but no contents, even though there was info on the cover that would indicate more detail. I sent an email to the web site contact to let them know that the $10,000 of tax dollars spent on a trip abroad should have more detail as to why the trip was taken and how it would benefit tax payers. I was just trying to give them some early feedback. I received an email back that was VERY rude and the tone was who do I think I am asking such questions. The email then explained that the $10,000 trip was for "our schools". I didn't appreciate being treated this way, like I was being nosy. I was only trying to let them know what other taxpayers would question. No good deed goes unpunished. I saved the snarky email reply to send to President Obama.

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