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Resources on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Economic Stimulus Act)

On February 16th, 2009 President Obama’s signed into law “the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act��?. This act was created to help our faltering economy and to help move the United States forward in the 21st century.

This act was approved in the House of Representatives and the Senate on February 13, 2009. On February 16th, President Obama signed the act, and on February 17th, the Office of Management and Budget Director, Peter Orszag, sent a memo to the heads of all of the departments and agencies receiving money from this act. Many of these agencies also have their own web sites. (http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/agencies)

A few of the various departments and agencies receiving funds are:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created a board of inspector generals to watch over the Federal agencies. This board is called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. This board is made up of a Chairman (The Honorable Earl E. Devaney) and 10 inspector generals. These inspector generals come from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Education, along with an inspector general for Tax Administration.

The website www.recovery.gov is the primary way that the board keeps the American people informed. The entire American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be accessed on the White House web site. This act is 407 pages long. To get a condensed version of answers to some common questions, read the Frequently Asked Questions found on the website.

New York’s Guide to the 2008 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides information on how the funds are being allocated in New York State.

If you have any further questions about researching this topic, please do not hesitate to contact Public Policy and Political Science Bibliographer Dick Irving. His phone number is 442-3698 and his e-mail is rirving@uamail.albany.edu.

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