In 2007, I was in absolute bliss. Recently graduated from high school and off to start my first year in college. I’ll remember it as the year I finally felt like I grew up, I wouldn’t have to share a bathroom with my little sister, and it was the year I saw my dad shed a tear (no more, no less) in two of the only three times ever.

The second of three was when he moved me into my dorm room and was about to say goodbye. As his first (and favorite) child, I could tell it was hard for the guy. The third was when the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 hit. As a small business owner supporting a family of 5 it was a scary moment with no promise of ending anytime soon. Luckily, we went fairly unscathed

Despite your political beliefs, or what percent you’re in, something needed to be done to at least try and solve the crisis at hand. So in February of 2009, Congress passed (wait, they actually do that?!) the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The act, commonly known as the “stimulus package” had 3 goals set to be achieved immediately by using the $787 billion set aside. These were:

  • Create new jobs, save old ones
  • Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth
  • Foster unprecedented levels of accountability & transparency in government spending

In my opinion, and I am no expert, but there shouldn’t be an act to cover these points. They should constantly be on the mind of every government official. However, as unfortunate as our current state is, in order to combat accountability and transparency the U.S. Government worked with SAP to create Recovery.Gov.

Recovery.Gov: Bringing U.S. Government Transparency To Life

Those who received Recovery funds are mandated to report on their activity every January, April, July, and October. All of the data is aggregated onto various dashboards where users can drill down to see the details of who isn’t complying, projects in your neighborhood, the funding status of Federal Contracts, Grants and Loans and as you can see in the picture, you also have the option to segment by state.

As a taxpayer and citizen of the United States, you have almost full transparency into what is being done. Previously unimagined, it’s possible due to the host of technologies such as in-memory computing, cloud computing, and mobile solutions that can help the government literally save billions of your dollars with the capabilities to proactively identify fraudulent and improper payments. In turn, giving you the peace of mind your money is being put to good use.

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