Recovery Board: Data Sharing and Hurricane Sandy Oversight

Mar 13, 2013, 07:00 ET from Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a blog posted yesterday on, Executive Director Michael Wood of the Recovery Board explained how sharing data at all levels of governments would improve oversight of the $60.2 billion aid package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.   


The aid program was adopted by Congress and approved by the President in January. The Recovery Board will join forces with the federal Inspectors General, others in law enforcement, and state and local communities, to monitor Sandy rebuilding efforts. 

Wood highlighted a recent workshop in Washington on data analytics in which senior government officials and participants agreed to focus on ideas that would lead to better data sharing.

He said data sharing will be put to the test in the coming months as the Recovery Board begins to ramp up its oversight of the Hurricane Sandy program.

"A major challenge will be the lack of a central data system for this spending information," Wood blogged. "Thus, it's imperative that agencies, IGs, and state and local governments share their data on spending and contracts. Time will tell."

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Edward Pound 
Director of Communications                                                                          
Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board                       

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Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board 

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