ARRA - Smackdown! September 24 2009
There is currently an ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Smackdown. On one side of the ring, we have Recovery.GOV, the website created and maintained by the federal government with the purpose of keeping us updated on stimulus fund expenditures. On the other, more popular and efficient, side of the ring we have Recovery.COM, a website created and maintained by the Seattle-based company Onvia.
Who's winning? Recovery.COM, since they are reporting on stimulus fund expenditures as they happen, working to track each and every dollar. Are you interested in how your state is spending this money? Go to Recovery.COM's Home Page and click on your state for a breakdown of where funds have been spent. If you go to the "For Taxpayers" page, there are helpful graphs to show where money has been spent in Education, Highway Projects, and Job Creation.
This is not to totally discount Recovery.gov - I found some helpful information I wanted to pass on to you. If you want to know what's happening in your state - and if you are a teacher, you do - go to this interactive map and click your state. I chose Oregon, since that's where I live, and I was taken to a state maintained website with information on funding opportunities, State Agency websites, and FAQs. If you would like to contact someone at the state level, read this article - scroll down and there's a link to find your state department of education, along with their website address and the email address of a contact person.
I wonder who will ultimately win the Smackdown...I heard on NPR this morning that Recovery.gov will be getting stimulus funds to improve their website. Watch your back, Recovery.com!