Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Colo. Among Best in ARRA Transparency

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

CONTACT
Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708, myung.kim@state.co.us

COLORADO RANKS 4TH IN NATION IN RECOVERY ACT TRANSPARENCY


A new study released today ranks Colorado fourth in the nation for Recovery Act spending transparency. The ranking was released in a new national study, called “Show Us the Stimulus (Again),” analyzes how well states are reporting Recovery Act spending on their website. The study was conducted by the nonprofit research center Good Jobs First.

“Over the last year, we have worked hard to fulfill my commitment of making Recovery Act spending in Colorado as transparent, open and accountable as possible to the people of Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said. “Through public outreach, aggressive oversight and extensive reports on www.colorado.gov/recovery, we are ensuring that Colorado taxpayers know how their funds are being spent. I am proud that our efforts are being recognized nationally.”

The report scored state Recovery Act websites according to their ability to show various types of spending information, including contracts awarded, distribution of spending by county or town, and details of specific projects. On a scale of 0 to 100, Colorado scored 72. The average score was 44. Maryland topped the list. The report authors are part of a national coalition called States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery (STAR coalition).


This report updates a similar study released in July 2009 that also ranked Colorado near the top of states.

“Colorado’s Recovery Act website is sophisticated, comprehensive, and easily navigable,” the report said. “The state uses mapping and narrative information effectively to disclose information about spending, project progress, and job creation and retention. Data can be retrieved by drilling down through maps or by accessing provided reports. Information appears to be timely and frequently updated.”

The website is maintained by the Governor’s Economic Recovery Team and includes a map that shows Recovery Act projects and lists of contractors and reports. The website is updated daily and the staff is working on adding new features in coming months.

To view the study, go to http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/pdf/ARRAwebreportjan2010.pdf

At least $6.7 billion in Recovery Act funding is expected to come to Colorado through more than 100 different programs, including tax cuts for 1.8 million families, increased safety net benefits and infrastructure projects that are creating or saving thousands of jobs.

For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.