April 3, 2009

Stimulus accountability lacking, according to Senators

We've touched on the creation of recovery.gov in the past. So just how is the effort being graded in Washington?

Not great:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., noted that weekly agency reports on stimulus activities were not written or displayed in a manner that the public could understand. Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., expressed concern that the site made it difficult to search for contracts or grants. The site should have search capabilities similar to USASpending.gov, he said.

The disappointment is bipartisan but easily fixable.

Thankfully, the Administration seems receptive to concerns:

Earl Devaney, head of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, acknowledged that the site is a work in progress. He said the board is in the process of hiring an outside entity to conduct an independent review.

Something like this takes time, we understand that. Hopefully recovery.gov can live up to its goal of bringing transparency and accountability to stimulus bill spending.