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Morning Cup: Design by (Oversight) Committee

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaThis is the latest roundup from our stimulus blog.

  • If you want stimulus transparency done right, you've got to do it yourself, or at least that seems to be the thinking in Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, hired Ronald J. Naples, a former chemical executive and Philly Fed chairman, to watchdog stimulus spending and lead a 14-member oversight committee. At $120,000 a year for the part-time post, Naples has himself become something of a stimulus project. Meanwhile, a Republican state senator has offered a competing plan to create a parallel oversight commission.

Project of the day: A $75,000 bus garage to house two roving buses that are dispatched to Marshfield, Mo., residents when they call for a ride.