The requirement is part of the draft version of the stimulus bill being developed by House Democrats. You can view a PDF of the proposed legislation here; the Web site information starts on Page 12.
A summary of the bill from House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) states the plan will have:
*A historic level of transparency, oversight and accountability will help guarantee taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and Americans can see results for their investment.
*In many instances funds are distributed through existing formulas to programs with proven track records and accountability measures already in place.
*How funds are spent, all announcements of contract and grant competitions and awards, and formula grant allocations must be posted on a special website created by the President.
*Program managers will also be listed so the public knows who to hold accountable.
*Public notification of funding must include a description of the investment funded, the purpose, the total cost and why the activity should be funded with recovery dollars.
*Governors, mayors or others making funding decisions must personally certify that the investment has been fully vetted and is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. This will also be placed on the recovery website.
The bill is far from becoming law, but the proposed Web site is good news for open government advocates. Still, some GOP lawmakers are concerned about the sheer size of the stimulus package in the first place.
Written by Paul Monies