This week, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board launched a revamped version of Recovery.gov, the Web site that's reporting data on the federal government's economic stimulus package.

In a YouTube video posted on the site, board Chairman Earl Devaney said the Web site features interactive charts, maps and grants; several guides and tutorials; and a ZIP code search option that plots stimulus recipients, awards amounts and other related data on a map.

Recipients of contracts, grant and loans through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are required to begin reporting spending data to the federal government on Oct. 1. That data will be posted on Recovery.gov by Oct. 30, after the states double-check the data, Devaney said.

Devaney said users of Recovery.gov are the "first line of defense" for detecting fraud, waste and mismanagement of the $787 billion Recovery Act. Visitors to the site can report suspicious spending directly on the Web site.

In July, the U.S. General Services Administration awarded Smartronix an $18 million redesign contract to rebuild the Web site. Some transparency advocates have said the contract is too costly.


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