Recovery Data to Get a Checkup
It’s time once again for stimulus data. And it will be again. And again.
This past weekend, the government’s stimulus Web site, Recovery.gov, released its second big batch of data on stimulus projects. But be careful: That data, which includes tidbits such as award amounts and jobs information, is not the final version. Recipients have until Feb. 8 to make changes to the information they submitted. During that time, the folks at the Office of Management and Budget will be doing some data checks as well.
After that, a new and improved data set will be posted on Recovery.gov on Feb. 10. We’ll be using that information to update our recovery tracker.
But wait. That’s not all. Under the continuous QA process, recipients will be able to correct reports until March 15. During that time, federal agencies will be able to identify errors in reports. Updated data will be released every other Wednesday during that time. We’ll keep you posted when updated data is available.
“The idea is to be as transparent as we can be, and to provide the most accurate numbers possible,” said Ed Pound, spokesman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. “We believe this new process will improve the quality of the data.”
Officials have struggled to spend the nearly $800 billion stimulus package quickly and effectively.