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Obama White House Keeping Old Spending Site Tuned Until Recovery.gov Gets Up to Speed

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 8 2009

Over on NextGov (which, if you have an interest in tech policy, you really should be reading rather regularly), Gautham Nagesh reports that with Recovery.gov struggling to get its footing, some are recommending that the two-year-old USASpending.gov site step into the breach.

USASpending, created as a result of legislation jointly authored by Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn and a then junior Democratic Senator from Illinois by the name of Barack Obama, is not without its own troubles. The site has struggled to get timely data reported from agencies. But the Obama Administration isn't junking its old and more-or-less reliable car in favor of the sporty new Recovery.gov. U.S. CTO Vivek Kundra has just issued a directive instructing agencies to submit spending the reports required by USASpending.gov on the 5th and 20th of each month, instead of the 12 times a year previously mandated.