Office of Management and Budget

Recovery.gov was born from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed by Congress in February 2009. President Obama vowed unprecedented transparency, a big part of which, he said, would be allowing taxpayers to track money to the street level on Recovery.gov. Prior to the establishment of the Recovery and Transparency Board that would eventually manage the Recovery.gov website, the Office of Management and Budget worked diligently to develop the first versions of Recovery.gov to coincide with the passing of the ARRA legislation. Phase One was part of the integrated project team that developed the architecture for Recovery.gov, including the establishment of required reporting data that would be made available to the public.

Why This Matters To You

The Administration and Congress realized that the ARRA spending would generate a lot of attention. Prior to the signing of ARRA, the Recovery.gov website was being designed and constructed so that the public would be able to track when and how money from the ARRA stimulus package was benefiting the public.

This concept was best captured by President Obama himself in a town hall event in Elkhart, Indiana where he said,

“We’re actually going to set up something called Recovery.gov—this is going to be a special website we set up, that gives you a report on where the money is going in your community, how it’s being spent, how many jobs are being created so that all of you can be the eyes and ears. And if you see that a project is not working the way it’s supposed to, you'll be able to get on that website and say, ‘You know, I thought this was supposed to be going to school construction but I haven't noticed any changes being made.’ And that will help us track how this money is being spent. ...The key is that we're going to have strong oversight and strong transparency to make sure this money isn't being wasted.”

How We Helped

Since Phase One supports many of the leading enterprise architecture programs throughout government and had provided support for the development of the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology (FSAM) that was released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Phase One was requested to leverage the FSAM to support the development of the Recovery Act Architecture Package. This package of architectural requirements spanned not only the Recovery.gov solution architecture itself but also included the specific reporting fields as required in both the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 1996 and the ARRA Act passed in 2009.

Phase One helped develop the Recovery Act Architecture Package to ensure that the Recovery.gov solution was compliant with ARRA itself, and to ensure that Recovery.gov could scale to meet the additional requirements as outlined in OMB’s guidance to Agencies. The Recovery Act Architecture Package was published for worldwide review and was leveraged to ensure that agencies and states were following common architectures for ARRA-related reporting and transparency.