In the wake of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and while Congress debates the massive stimulus bill, the Coalition for an Accountable Recovery was created to promote accountability for both federal government agencies doling out the trillions of dollars, for the states and for the companies that benefit from recovery funds. The best way to assure taxpayers that the funds are being used responsibly is to provide “radical” transparency on stimulus spending and to make the details of the stimulus available in online, in real time.
No great surprise to here that the Coalition (of which Sunlight is a member) is calling on Congress to require online reporting that allows the public to easily search, sort, track and download data on the use of recovery. Each state should be required to report on all funds they receive and all data should be presented in a uniform manner, making sure it is compatible with the USASpending.gov Web site. The Coalition has also state that the newest technology should be applied to both the Recovery.gov Web site and USASpending.gov to make the information more accessible for everyone
Sunlight has joined the over 30 groups as part of the coalition, including the Center for Responsive Politics, Common Cause, National Institute for Money in State Politics, OMB Watch, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project on Government Oversight and Taxpayers for Commonsense.