Recovery.gov was a provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Its purpose is “to allow taxpayers to see precisely what entities receive Recovery money in addition to how and where the money is spent.” Users can track contracts, grants, and loans in a particular state or data can be located by zip code or congressional district. Summaries of each award are also available. Beginning in 2010, recipients of awards are required to report how these funds were spent. In addition to specific funding data, Recovery.gov tracks funding and awards progress, jobs created or saved, and the largest award by recipients. The Web site allows taxpayers to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse of Recovery funds.
Parts of this article were reprinted from Recovery.gov.
~ Nancy Tannery