Online dashboard would track recovery act spending

Government officials and private citizens could soon be able to track stimulus funding expenditures through an information dashboard that taps into data on

MicroStrategy, of McLean, Va., developed the interactive tool to make it easier for people to see how agencies are using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The dashboard aggregates and displays the data agencies submit in their Financial and Activity Reports on the site. The company has submitted a dashboard prototype to the Obama administration for consideration as a tool for the Web site.

Dashboards are a way to display large volumes of information in an intuitive, graphical format while streamlining reporting procedures. Government agencies receiving recovery act funds must update government officials, Congress and the public on how much money they are spending and on what programs.

The dashboard includes:

  • Graphs of obligations and disbursements and comparisons to appropriations.
  • Lists of top 10 and bottom 10 agencies by obligation amount.
  • Lists of top 10 and bottom 10 agencies by disbursement amount.
  • Details by agency, including graphs of weekly activity.
  • Obligations and disbursements and comparisons to appropriations.

Through May 3, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the Office of Management and Budget, and the National Academy of Public Administration are hosting an online discussion on the National Dialogue Web site of the best ways to make useful to the public.

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Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.

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