Money Trail

Tracking the Stimulus

“This is your money. You have a right to know where it's going and how it's being spent,” declares the Obama administration’s new website, To that end, incoming Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag sent a memo yesterday to all departments and agencies charged with awarding funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Among the “crucial accountability objectives” laid out by Orszag are: data proving that funds are “distributed in a prompt, fair and reasonable manner” and “instances of fraud, waste, error and abuse are mitigated.” A blog post on emphasizes the weight of the task before the OMB director, saying: “It's going to require an unprecedented level of vigilance, a fundamental shift in the way the federal government spends your tax dollars.”