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New Year Brings New Recovery Board Chair

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy, Devaney Can Depart Recovery Board with Head Held High

By Andrew Seifter, Good Jobs First

Earl Devaney, who as Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board oversaw implementation of the Recovery Act's revolutionary accountability measures, is retiring.

A longtime civil servant with a breadth of experience in law enforcement, Devaney proved during his tenure on the Recovery Board that enhanced transparency not only keeps the public informed of the costs and benefits of government spending projects; it also prevents waste and fraud.More...

California Latest State to Do Away With Recovery Act Website

By Andrew Seifter, Good Jobs First

It's no longer just Republican governors who openly oppose the federal stimulus law who have stripped or shut down their states' Recovery Act websites.  As of July 1, the stimulus website in California, the biggest of the blue states, is no more.More...

Recovery Act Shapes Push for More Federal Spending Transparency

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Expiration of Stimulus Funds Means Higher Costs for Higher Education

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Recovery Board’s Mike Wood Addresses the Once and Future Impact of Recovery.gov

By Andrew Seifter, Good Jobs First

During a May 4 webinar hosted by Government Executive, Recovery.gov Director Mike Wood shared some interesting thoughts about the lessons of the Recovery Board's work and what the future holds for transparency in federal reporting.More...

Governors React to Questions about Stripped Down Recovery Act Websites

By Andrew Seifter, Good Jobs First

We now have official responses from all three governors that Good Jobs First identified last week as having dramatically downgraded their states' Recovery Act websites.More...

Stimulus? What Stimulus? Florida, Ohio and Kansas Gut Their Recovery Act Websites

By Andrew Seifter, Good Jobs First

Despite the left-right consensus that government transparency is good, some new governors seem to disagree when it comes to the Recovery Act. In a little-noticed shift since the November elections, at least three states-Florida, Ohio and Kansas-have dramatically stripped down their official American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) websites.More...

Teachable Moment: How Phase-Out of Stimulus Education Funds Impacts States

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