July 9, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a $9.5 million contract award to Smartronix Inc. for the redesign of the Recovery.gov Web site.
"Recovery.gov 2.0 will use innovative and interactive technologies to help taxpayers see where their dollars are being spent," said James A. Williams, commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. "Armed with easy access to this information, taxpayers can make government more accountable for its decisions."
In April, federal CIO Vivek Kundra asked the public to participate in an online forum that solicited ideas for improving the Web site.
Recovery.gov was launched in February to track expenditures from the nation's $787 billion economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But some lawmakers said they were unsatisfied with the design of Recovery.gov and the information it presented.
In June, the federal government submitted a request for information for redesigning Recovery.gov. The Recovery Board in charge of the Web site wants the redesign to be finished by mid-October. The deadline for states to report Recovery Act spending to the federal Office of Management and Budget is Oct. 10. That reporting data eventually will be integrated in Recovery.gov.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.