Recovery Board Chairman Devaney Says New Technologies Improve Transparency and Accountability

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In his Chairman's Corner column posted on Recovery.gov Tuesday, Chairman Earl E. Devaney of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board explains how new technologies play a vital role in providing transparency and accountability to taxpayers.

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In the fourth of a series of columns on lessons he has learned as board chairman, Devaney said that cloud computing and geospatial mapping have been essential to the success of Recovery.gov.

"New technologies—specifically cloud computing and geospatial mapping—play a critical role in delivering transparency and accountability,'' Devaney said.

He said that Recovery.gov became the first government-wide enterprise to move to the cloud infrastructure in April 2010.  According to Devaney, cloud efficiencies saved taxpayer money, improved security for the website, and allowed the Recovery Board to redirect computer equipment and software to its oversight program.

Meanwhile, he said, geospatial mapping has proven to be a big plus for the Board's transparency efforts. These maps display Recovery award and spending data in a multitude of ways that greatly enhance user experience.

"I've always been a major proponent of transparency and accountability,'' Devaney wrote. "Innovative technologies used by the Board have produced a more open government that gives you vital information and protects your tax dollars.''

The full text of Devaney's column can be found at
http://www.recovery.gov/News/chairman/Pages/17Oct2011.aspx

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