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Private Sector Zips Past Government in Stimulus-Bill Tracking

In the competition between Recovery.org and Recovery.gov, I know where my money goes:

On March 31, Seattle-based Onvia launched Recovery.org, a site capable of tracking every dollar of federal, state and local Recovery Act spending in real time, according to company officials.

For example, assume you are a resident of Yellowstone, Mont., and want to know how your county is spending its portion of stimulus funding. Through three drop-down menus on Recovery.org’s homepage, you could scroll through a pre-solicitation notice for a contract to repair Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, or learn details about a drainage project in the Lockwood area.

On Recovery.gov, you would be directed to Montana’s Recovery Act site, and from there, you could spend hours sloshing through tutorials on the state’s education and energy projects without ever finding details on spending in your neighborhood.

“We put up Recovery.org to do for the federal government what it is not doing for itself,” Onvia Chief Solutions Officer Michael Balsam said. “We felt that we had an obligation to make this information available to businesses, taxpayers and the government.”

Read the whole thing here.

I would encourage you to take a tour of both sites and be the judge. For Recovery.gov go here, and for Recovery.org go here.

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