To build support for the stimulus package, President Obama vowed unprecedented transparency, a big part of which, he said, would be allowing taxpayers to track money to the street level on Recovery.gov. Together with a spruced-up WhiteHouse.gov, the site would inject the stodgy federal bureaucracy with the same Webby accessibility and Facebook-generation flair that defined the Obama campaign.Oh, those damned Republicans; always bugging the benevolent government for some accountability of the peoples' money. Just another day of change we're supposed to believe in, I guess.
But three months after the bill was signed, Recovery.gov offers little beyond news releases, general breakdowns of spending, and acronym-laden spreadsheets and timelines. And congressional Democrats, state officials and advocates of open government worry that the White House cannot come close to clearing the high bar it set.
"This is another broken promise by the Obama administration," (Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), said. "We don't have the transparency and the accountability we were promised."
21 May 2009
Oh, come on; who doesn't love a surprise?