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State launches stimulus site, plans transparency site

Posted February 27, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Friday launched www.NCRecovery.gov, a guide to services of the newly created Office of Economic Recovery & Investment.

The site lets visitors track the use of the $6.1 billion in federal stimulus funds North Carolina will receive and learn about local contract and grant opportunities. People also will be able to suggest projects for funding.

"I am committed to providing the people of North Carolina with a simple-to-navigate guide that is efficient, transparent and accountable,” Perdue said in a statement. “I want the people of North Carolina to understand exactly how the money will be used to put North Carolina back to work.”

Perdue also said a Web site providing detailed information about state contracts and grants would launch by the end of March.

The NC OpenBook Initiative will increase government accountability and transparency by posting information about state spending online, she said.

The first phase will include stimulus projects, purchasing and contract awards, information technology contracts and state construction awards. The site is expected to be fully implemented in six months.

A state steering committee that oversees a fund dedicated for data integration approved $900,000 to support the transparency effort.


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  • jsanders Mar 2, 2009

    "People also will be able to suggest projects for funding."

    So much for that bilge about the stimulus projects being "shovel-ready": http://www.johnlocke.org/lockerroom/lockerroom.html?id=19119

  • LibertarianTechie Feb 27, 2009

    Instead of putting up a whole new site for each of these things, how about saving the money and just add sections to the current http://www.nc.gov for this and leave it at that; then again, that would be too simple for government to do.

    Being its being called Bev Perdue's NCRecovery.gov, is she paying for it out of her own pocket?

  • whatelseisnew Feb 27, 2009

    What a waste of money. So far as I can tell most of the stimulus money will be spent on tracking what it was spent on. Obama had it wrong the ratio will be 90 GOvernment jobs 10 percent private sector.

  • JAT Feb 27, 2009

    I suggest not worrying about the site and saving $900,000! What a concept!

  • monicajohn Feb 27, 2009

    I wouldn't be so worried about DOT. Look at the breakdown for the money:
    Medicaid: over 2 billion
    Foodstamps: 616 million
    Special education: 340 million
    There's 3 billion of it right there. Makes me sick!

  • mep Feb 27, 2009

    Bev wants to spend nearly a million dollars just to tell us in round figures, where the stimulus money is spent. Of course, once its spent, there will be no getting it back no matter how loud the taxpayers cry.

  • methinkthis Feb 27, 2009

    Transparency unfortunately does not mean the money is going to be spent wisely. It just means we are going to make you think we told you how wisely we spent it. That is not a pig, it just looks like one....

  • nobama Feb 27, 2009

    The only thing transparent about the stimulus bill is that it stinks. We don't want more taxes.

  • Rolling Along Feb 27, 2009

    Reckon we could one of those sights for regular state budget spending? Probably would need a couple of them just for DOT