ARRA Frequently Asked Questions

What is

ARRA FAQs is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. Within days after the signing of the legislat

Where can I learn more about how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will affect the budget?


The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has calculated the impact that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will have on the federal government’s budget deficit. You can review those calculations How will the Recovery Act work?


Very soon, the different agencies — such as the Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Energy — will decide who will receive award grants and contracts. Sometimes the money will go to a state government; other times, the funds will go

I heard I'd be able to track recovery funds. Why can't I do that?


You aren’t able to track funds yet because we have not yet started receiving information from Federal agencies on how they are going to allocate the money. It takes a little bit of time for them to make sure your money is going to be spent wisely. Right n

Who runs

Disaster Recovery FAQs

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act establishes an oversight board of inspectors general (the watchdogs of government) called the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which is responsible for overseeing Federal agencies to ensure that there is transparency and accountability for the expenditure of recovery funds. For the interim period until that board becomes operational, the President has coordinated a team from across Federal agencies to track Recovery Act dollars and report findings on this website.

I want to help. What can I do?

Disaster Recovery FAQs

Over the course of the spring, increasing amounts of information will become available on that will show where the money is going. We are counting on you to peruse that information and tell us what you find. Please share your stories, your id

How can I see how much recovery money is coming to my community?

Disaster Recovery FAQs

Until the funding is distributed by the Federal government to states and local governments, and eventually to your community, we won’t be able to determine exactly where all of the funding will go. Over the next few weeks and months, there’s going to be a

What's the purpose of the new legislation?


The purpose of the Recovery Act is to create and save jobs, jumpstart our economy, and build the foundation for long-term economic growth. The Act includes measures to modernize the nation’s infrastructure, enhance America’s energy independence, expand ed

Where can I find the full text of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?


The text of the law can be found in Text or PDF format here.

What type of programs will this recovery package fund?


The Recovery Act specifies appropriations for a wide range of Federal programs and will increase or extend certain benefits payable under the Medicaid, unemployment compensation, and nutrition assistance programs. The legislation also reduces individua

What will I be able to locate on


Federal agencies are taking in bids for recovery projects, so right now, features a summary of the funds that are allocated for different programs, as well as the responsible Federal agencies. As Federal agencies and other recipient organizat

What’s a better way to find the information I’m looking for — browsing or searching?


The website will have both functions, but for now, browsing is a better bet. As we begin to fill the database with more data, the search function will be more useful in finding specific information.

How does differ from

ARRA FAQs tracks only the targeted investments allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. collects data about all types of contracts, grants, loans, and spending across government agencies.

How can I contact the Administration with questions or comments about and the recovery package?


Q: A: The best method to comment or ask a question on is to use our contact us form. The question or message will be referred to the best person to h

Is accessible for people for with disabilities?

ARRA FAQs complies with all of the automatic checkpoints of the Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines, and has been manually verified for nearly all of the manual checkpoints. This compliance has been tested using Watchfire WebXACT progra

What is a fiscal year (FY)?


For accounting purposes, the Federal government uses a defined 12-month period as a financial or fiscal year. The Federal fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the following calendar year. For instance, fiscal year 2009 is 10/1/20

Is the spending data on available in a format (like XML) that developers can use to create mashups and gadgets?


Not at this time. But, as new systems are developed to capture the allocations and expenditures under the Act, we plan to make that data available in exportable form.