Asking for Ideas

Transparency Web site for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will host a weeklong online dialog about improving

by / April 24, 2009

Beginning Monday, visitors to can participate in an online forum that's soliciting ideas for improving the Web site. was launched in February to track expenditures from the nation's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Participants will be able to make suggestions and vote on possible reforms. Topics may include Web site design, data collection and warehousing, data analysis and visualization, and more.

During an oversight hearing earlier this month, U.S. senators said wasn't as accessible and easy to use as it should be.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said in March that would eventually publish detailed information about the progress of spending contracts, but it hasn't appeared yet. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board manages the Web site.

The online roundtable for IT solutions was suggested by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Ed Towns, D-New York, according to a press release. It will be co-hosted by the National Academy of Public Administration, a nonprofit coalition of management leaders chartered by Congress.