03/03/2009 10:44 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

"An Eye (Many Eyes) on the Stimulus Money"

Hey, Jennifer 8. Lee at the NY Times writes a really good article on crowdsourcing oversight for stimulus money.

Sunlight seems to be the trendy buzzword these days. First there was the Sunlight Foundation, which was established in Washington in 2006 to lobby for better government data. Then Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's office started Project Sunlight to share New York State information online. And last week, City Councilman Bill de Blasio jumped on the solar bandwagon with a proposed legislation to create SunlightNYC, to keep track of stimulus dollars in New York.

The Obama administration has promised transparency in stimulus spending data at at the federal level (in contrast with the opacity on the TARP bill).

This is a good example of the culture of participation, public/private partnership that we see during the Obama years.