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Administration Seeks Your Tips

By Ed O'Keefe

The Obama administration launches a seven-day, "high tech roundtable" on Monday, seeking suggestions on how to build, the online hub for information related to the distribution of economic stimulus funds.

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RAT), in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), will host the exchange of ideas starting Monday, in hopes of collecting ideas on how to operate the site from state and local officials, contractors, IT experts and potential recipients of stimulus funds. (Government efforts follow a similar request made by The Eye a few weeks ago. Ehem.)

Site visitors will be able to post ideas, comment on others and rank the best ones, in hopes that the best ideas rise to the top, said Danielle Germain, project director with NAPA, a Congressionally-chartered nonpartisan organization focused on government management.

The site will use a ranking system similar to Google Moderator that was first developed by NAPA last fall for a similar online discussion about health IT and privacy issues. (NAPA staffers have also established a Facebook group seeking suggestions from users of the social media site.)

RAT Board Chairman Earl Devaney has repeatedly warned lawmakers and citizens of inevitable waste, fraud and mismanagement of economic stimulus funds and has said that will not reach full operational capacity for at least a year. Still, he hopes it becomes a useful tool for everyday citizens, journalists and other groups concerned about stimulus funds.

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 22, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
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This is a great idea! But how does anyone oversee the misuse of taxpayer monies? Here is AZ, there are highways to nowhere to accommodate builders, land investors, and developers whle the Interstate 17 has been in gridlock for years, taking hours to get in and out of Phoenix. Tucson has been isolated for years because Interstate 10 has been under construction and partially closed for years. Former Gov Napolitano made a valiant effort to speed up construction but now the Republicans have confiscated the funds and counted on the stimulus monies to start work on Interstate 17 again. This is all done under cover of secrecy. One of the things the Obama Admin could do is strip away the shroud of secrecy which became out of control under Bush.

Posted by: pkbishop | April 22, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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