What is that Website Number?

The address is http://www.recovery.gov/ , Joe.

The following is the main page “overview” of what the Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supposed to accomplish:

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has made it clear that every taxpayer dollar spent on our economic recovery must be subject to unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability (Hmmm…What happened here, Joe?!?!). Five crucial objectives for Federal agencies, have been indentified (spellcheck is obviously not on our government’s computers) to ensure that:

  • Recovery funds are awarded and distributed in a prompt, fair (to whom?), and reasonable manner;
  • The recipients and uses of all recovery funds are transparent to the public, and that the public benefits of these funds are reported clearly (Go to the website.  If you don’t need to take Advil and beat your head against a brick wall after searching for clarity, you qualify for a government job.), accurately, and in a timely manner; (please define “timely manner”…one week, one year?)
  • Recovery funds are used for authorized purposes and every step is taken to prevent instances of fraud (Acorn?), waste (Acorn?), error (Acorn?), and abuse (Acorn?!?!);
  • Projects funded under the recovery legislation avoid unnecessary delays and cost overruns (Seriously?); and,
  • Programs meet specific goals and targets (Whose goals, whose targets? We didn’t get to vote on this.), and contribute to improved performance on broad economic indicators.”

I can understand the desire to “create and/or save jobs”, but what about all of those “Shovel Ready” projects the government insisted we needed to fund right now!!! I had visions of people in reflective safety vests leaning on shovels behind orange cones up and down I-95 just waiting for the green light.  The only “Shovel Ready” job I know of that is currently being done is one that requires hip waders and the back end of a cow.

Guess it is all because the government’s website just wasn’t clear enough.  They had to hire a private company to revamp the thing so that we will be visually excited about how we are being raked over the coals.  Here is a portion of the press release:

“WASHINGTON—In a major step toward developing a state-of-the-art Recovery.gov website, a contract was awarded this week to Smartronix, Inc., a Maryland information technology firm. The company will build the new website for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, an independent agency that manages Recovery.gov and monitors spending under the $787 billion Recovery program.

The initial outlay, $9,516,324, covers many facets: redesign and construction of a new website; installation of hardware and software infrastructure; hosting and operations for the website; more robust data storage; an enhanced content-management system; and contract labor support and other features. If the Recovery Board exercises options under the contract, the cost could total $17,948,518 over a period ending in January 2014…”

This may seem like a trivial expenditure, but it is just another unnecessary straw added to the backs of the taxpayers.