Stimulus Questions and Resources

May 28, 2009

I've been spending the last few days trying to wrap my head around the stimulus money flowing into the state.‚  Please send/post any questions you have--I'll try to track down the answers. Federal information and funds tracking www.Recovery.gov‚ is the primary federal ARRA website: it includes regular news and spending updates as well as reports from Inspectors General. The GAO is tasked with providing bi-monthly reports on stimulus funding.‚  You can find the first report here: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09580.pdf‚  Federal Agencies have their own stimulus pages which include more information about programs, awards and fraud hotlines: Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Treasury, Department of Veterans Affairs, Corporation for National and Community Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, National Endowment for the Arts Also worth checking out:‚ Stimuluswatch.org Illinois information and funds tracking: http://recovery.illinois.gov/ is the primary state ARRA website. As part of the GAO reporting responsibilities, the organization is tracking spending in 16 states including Illinois.‚  IL specifics start on page 145 http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09580.pdf ‚ Also of interest: The Federal Funds Information for States includes good information about allocation, grants and funding streams.‚ ‚  ‚ The National Council on State Legislatures has also created a very useful site (they compiled the federal agency sites listed above).‚  Chicago information and funds tracking The city of Chicago has set up a site: http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/special_pages/mayor_-_recovery_and.html The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has set up a site to help coordinate regional ARRA funding requests: http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/blog.aspx?blogid=872