Jim Warren was given a tall task when he became CIO of the new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board: create systems to collect, track and analyze all the money being spent as part of the Obama administration's stimulus package. Warren and a small team, with help from contractors like Smartronix, quickly established websites where federal agencies could report their stimulus spending (FederalReporting.gov) and where the public could analyze spending in detail (Recovery.gov).
In May, the board moved Recovery.gov to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, the first government website to make that move. In doing so, Recovery.gov is expected to save $750,000 over 18 months, and the board was able to repurpose $1 million worth of computing equipment for use in tracking fraud, waste, and abuse. Recovery.gov also got an infusion of social media capabilities, including the ability to share photos of projects via Flickr.