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Recovery.gov - Track the Money

Recovery.gov is the U.S. government's official website that provides easy access to data
related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.

 What you Won't Find on Recovery.gov - Explanations

  1. Political or partisan information and opinions
    • The Recovery Act designated the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board as an independent government agency -- not subject to direction or influence from Cabinet Secretaries, Congress, or the Administration.
  2. Information on government spending other than Recovery funds
    • Recovery.gov/ARRA was established by the Act to track ARRA funds only. It is outside the site’s mission to cover any other government spending, such as TARP or the automobile industry bailout.
  3. Information on personal assistance programs, housing, rent, food, mortgages.
    • The Recovery Act does not provide money to individuals to cover these costs.  In most instances, funds were awarded to states to expand local programs.
  4. A total number of jobs from the start of the Recovery Act in Feb. 2009
    • Recipients report jobs by quarter only.  To total the quarters would present misleading and inaccurate information because some of the jobs span quarters so they would be counted more than once. And, some recipients only report the job in the first quarter but mistakenly believe that they don’t have to report the same job in subsequent quarters, which leads to undercounting.
  5. Jobs broken down by category
    • Recipients are not required to report jobs in categories, such as transportation, health, housing.
  6. Recipients broken down by category
    • Recovery.gov/ARRA does show the amounts of money paid out by agencies in categories. But recipients are not required to report the amount of money received or spent in a specific category.
  7. Sub-recipient job information
    • Sub-recipients and vendors are not required to report on their number of jobs.
  8. Information on specific fraud investigations
    • The Board reviews each allegation it receives through the hotline or by a complaint form from Recovery. gov/ARRA. If the Board feels that further review is warranted, a report is sent to the appropriate Inspector General who conducts any necessary investigation. The Inspector General will continue to apprise the Board of the status of the report until it is closed. 
  9. Copies of the contract, grant, or loan documents for each recipient
    • Some information is available at USASpending.gov, fedbizopps.gov, and grants.gov.  Loans are transacted through local banking institutions, therefore, the information is not available.
  10. Dates recipients receive funds and dates when the projects are completed
    • Recipients are not required to report when they receive funds or when projects are completed.  They do report the amount of funding they have received and spent. When projects are completed, they are reported as such.
  11. ARRA grants you can apply for.
    • Go to grants.gov