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Eye Opener: Stimulus Reports Come Due

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Happy Friday! The various state and local governments, contractors, non-profits and universities receiving grants, loans or contracts of $25,000 or more from the economic stimulus package must start registering with the federal government next week.

Recipients have until Oct. 10 to register and submit their first progress reports to FederalReporting.gov about the amounts of money received and spent, details of the projects funded by the loans or contracts and the number of jobs created. Loan recipients will then have to submit quarterly reports until the money runs out. Federal agencies disbursing the stimulus grants must also register with the site in order to monitor the recipients' information, according to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which operates the Recovery.gov stimulus-tracking Web site.

Officials promise that the new version of Recovery.gov will be operational by October and able to receive reports from FederalReporting.gov. (Fingers crossed everyone?)

ProPublica and other news organizations have pressed the General Services Administration and RAT Board in recent weeks to release details of the $18 million contract to build the new Recovery.gov. GSA finally released the contract in recent days, but with several redactions. Reports ProPublica:

In all, 25 pages of a 59-page technical proposal — the main document in the package — were redacted completely. Of the remaining pages, 14 had half or more of their content blacked out.

Not surprisingly, watchdogs and open government advocates are livid, and ProPublica has filed an appeal with GSA. We'll keep an Eye on those developments and everyone should monitor how well FederalReporting.gov handles the first wave of registrations and reports on Monday.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Eye Opener, Tracking the Stimulus  
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