Friday, March 6, 2009

Keep up with federal stimulus and recovery initiatives

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $311 billion in appropriations, including investments in infrastructure, science, health, education and training, energy, law enforcement, and aid for those Americans hit hardest by the economic crisis. To learn more about this act, visit the following sites.

Find the text (PDF) of the act here: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has been created to ensure that the act is carried out with full transparency and accountability. Right now, the site features an overview of the law and an explanation of what it is intended to accomplish. Soon you will have access to data from Federal agencies regarding their allocation of the funds.

Visit IRS Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for details about tax-related provisions of the act and how the IRS is implementing them.

Stimulus Watch is a watchdog organization created "to help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend." Search by state or city to learn about "shovel-ready" projects in your area, and evaluate them to advise lawmakers which projects should be funded. is a work in progress, but it already provides good information about the Financial Stability Plan and the Capital Assistance Program. Check back for more information soon.