[govinfo] FW: [State-oriented ARRA online resource center launched

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 12:33:51 -0400

A coalition and website that may be of interest to folks on this list.
Patrice McDermott 
From: car-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:car-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Phil 
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:53 AM
Subject: [CAR] State-oriented ARRA online resource center launched
Introducing the AccountableRecovery.org Website

For everyone working on the $787 billion stimulus bill (a.k.a. the Recovery 
Act), Good Jobs First today launched a comprehensive resource website 
www.AccountableRecovery.org including the Recovery Act Info Center. 

Building on our Southern-states conference of last month, we welcome activist 
groups to join States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery (the STAR 
Coalition), a new network promoting state and local activism to ensure the 
Recovery Act is transparent, accountable, fair and effective. 

The STAR Coalition includes national organizing networks such as the Apollo 
Alliance, Center for Community Change, Common Cause, National People?s Action, 
Transportation Equity Network, Partnership for Working Families, Smart Growth 
America and U.S. PIRG as well as many of their state and local affiliates. 

The STAR Coalition collaborates with and shares members with the Coalition for 
an Accountable Recovery, which was launched in February to work at the federal 
level to promote ARRA transparency and accountability. 

The new STAR Coalition website includes the Recovery Act Info Center, a deep 
resource for activists: For each state plus DC, web pages contain:

* An evaluation of the state?s Recovery Act website, especially with regard to 
disclosure of contractor information. 
* Details on Recovery Act oversight policies and structures. 
* A synopsis of policy debates on ARRA issues occurring in the state. 
* Key data such as total ARRA funding the state is expected to receive. 
* Listings of watchdog organizations, their ARRA publications, and other 
In many states, these watchdog groups will help expand and update the state 

The site also includes: 

* Transparency Players: a review of ARRA transparency issues, including a 
rundown of players in the Administration, Congress, and non-profits shaping 
* Money and Policy: a description of national ARRA funding streams­plus policy 
debates­in key areas such as transportation, energy, education and unemployment 
* Annotated Bibliography: an extensive collection of ARRA weblinks and 
resources, including hard-to-find items such as Congressional Research Service 
reports on various aspects of ARRA. 
* City Websites: an overview of ARRA websites launched by the nation?s largest 

The STAR website includes a blog where we will highlight accountability 
organizing. It will be expanded throughout 2009 and 2010 as new data becomes 

We welcome your feedback and involvement! 

Greg LeRoy and Phil Mattera
Good Jobs First 
202-232-1616 x 211 and 212

Philip Mattera
Research Director of Good Jobs First &
Director of the Corporate Research Project
Washington, DC 
(202) 232-1616 ext. 212
blog: www.dirtdiggersdigest.org

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