On the Campaign Trail with Ed Tibbetts: It's all about openness
Excerpted from this post at On the Campaign Trail with Ed Tibbetts
I just heard about this. Iowa is one of 16 states the General
Accountability Office has selected to give extra scrutiny in the
spending of federal stimulus money. Here's a Reuters article that
includes the news. And it's not just states that will get the eye. A
federal official testified to Congress last week (see page 4) that
cities in those 16 states will be getting extra scrutiny, too.
Illinois is one of the 16, too. The stimulus law, formally known as
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is a big piece of
spending, and as I wrote in this morning's Times, transparency is
getting a big push. President Obama is holding a conference today to
talk about spending stimulus money effectively.