starts first mobile apps

Now users can track economic stimulus law spending on iPhones, iPads

The board that oversees is the latest federal agency to create mobile applications so the public can access its data more conveniently.

The website was created by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to track and publish all expenditures from the $787 billion economic stimulus law passed in 2009.

Now the board has launched new iPhone and iPad applications for to help users identify the law's spending in their neighborhoods.

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“It’s here!” posted on its Twitter feed March 24. “The iPhone/iPad app for is now available for download.”

The board created the new mobile apps and is encouraging users to take photographs of the recovery projects and submit them to the site.

After downloading the application for iPhone from the iTunes store, a user can submit a city, state or ZIP code to view all spending in that zone. Data is available to show federal grants, contracts and loans.

Users also can report suspected waste, fraud and abuse related to stimulus funds through the mobile applications, the agency said.

Federal agencies have created more than 30 mobile applications meant to be used by the public to access federal data, primarily for iPhones and Android smart phones.

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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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