March 19, 2009 By News Report
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who two days ago announced the state's Sunshine Spending Web site, today unveiled the Florida Office of Economic Recovery's Web site that allows the public to review state and local governments' use of federal stimulus funds. The launch of the FlaRecovery.com Web site comes during Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of Florida's dedication to making state and local government more accessible to the public.
"We will ensure that Florida is using the highest standards of fiscal integrity, transparency and accountability in putting the federal stimulus dollars to work for Florida's families and businesses," Crist said. "I invite Floridians to return to FlaRecovery.com often to check on our progress of getting this much-needed relief to our schools, workforce, transportation projects and most vulnerable residents."
The Web site will be a clearinghouse of all public records and documents related to the implementation of the federal stimulus dollars, according to a release from the Governor's Office. Visitors will be able to get information about programs such as unemployment compensation, workforce training, food stamps and cash assistance.
Florida's share of the federal stimulus package is estimated to be more than $13 billion over three budget years and Crist has proposed using $4.7 billion of the funds for the 2009-10 budget. To receive the funding, appropriate budget authority must be approved by the Florida Legislature.
According to the Governor's Office, the following amounts are planned from stimulus funds:
To date, state agencies have filed a variety of reports and applications that will potentially lead to Florida's receiving the following federal stimulus dollars:
Florida's Preparation to Receive Federal Stimulus Dollars
On February 2, in anticipation of Congress' American Recovery Act, Crist formed the Federal Stimulus Working Group to review the best use of federal stimulus dollars.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.