Office of Governor Martin O’Malley, July 8, 2009
Governor Martin O’Malley testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, where he exhibited Maryland’s nationally-recognized, interactive website that tracks funding from President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) from it’s inception. The Governor joined Governors Edward Rendell (PA) and Deval Patrick (MA) in highlighting ways the states are conforming to federal accountability standards and using technology to achieve new levels of government transparency and efficiency.
“For those of us in the states, the Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been a true lifeline,” said Governor O’Malley. “Were it not for these funds, we would have been forces to lay off 700 state employees, erode health care benefits, and forgo investments in public education which have produced record test scores and earned our state’s schools a number on in the nation ranking for our public schools. This critical legislation is helping us create and save jobs, and position our State’s economy to bounce back from recession. In Maryland, we share the President’s commitment to investing these funds with maximum efficiency, openness, and transparency.”
In February, just days after the passage of ARRA, Governor O’Malley announced Maryland’s plan to monitor and track Recovery and Reinvestment funds in the State of Maryland through the launch of Maryland’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website, www.recovery.maryland.gov to allow Marylanders to track recovery projects in the State of Maryland. Governor O’Malley provided a quick demonstration of the website that utilizes GIS (Geographic-Information System) technology.
The website, maintained by StateStat, Maryland’s performance-measurement and management program implemented to make state government more accountable and more efficient, tracks every category of ARRA spending providing contract-level details to the public.
Recently, Maryland launched an updated application for the website, allowing users to find information more easily. The Map has been upgraded with additional information tools, detailed fund descriptions and project details. The new site also provides users the opportunity to send comments and questions about the data and the map directly to StateStat administrators.
Gov. O’Malley’s oral testimony before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, July 8, 2009: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/speeches/090708arra.pdf
Gov. O’Malley’s written testiomony: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/speeches/090708arrawritten.pdf
House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform – Opening Statement, Witness Testimony, and Webcast for Committee Hearing Titled “Tracking the Money: Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Recovery Act Funding” http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=2528
How Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley uses GIS Technology to Transform his State for the Better, by Chad Vander Veen, Government Technology Magazine p. 15 – 17 (starts p. 18 in PDF) http://digitalmag.govtech.com/GT/GT_Mag_Aug09.pdf
MD StateStat: http://www.statestat.maryland.gov/
A National Dialogue — Recovery Dialogue: Information Technology Solutions, National Academy of Public Administration, Posted April 27, 2009
Mapping and Geographic Analysis capabilities would enable Recovery.gov to provide a “full picture” of stimulus spending as envisioned by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Maps supported by a Geographic Information System (GIS) would enable people to see, understand, evaluate, and give feedback on government decisions. They would show where ARRA spending is actually taking place and enable evaluation of intended outcomes of investments in local communities. This would require data about the location of investment spending as well as analysis capabilities that link stimulus funding to socio-economic and demographic data. …
Read full text of the article: http://www.thenationaldialogue.org/ideas/add-mapping-and-geographic-analysis-to-recovery.gov
See also ESRI page: http://www.esri.com/company/stimulus_recovery.html
Some of the capabilities we recommend are already implemented on a number of state Web sites including
· State of Maryland StateStat
· State of Oregon Tracking the Dollars
· State of Washington Stimulus Reporting Map