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Online Forum: Better understanding the Recovery Act's transparency guidelines

Today, OMB and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board are kicking off a four-day series of online forums to help recipients of Recovery dollars better understand and comply with the Act's transparency guidelines.

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director, Rob Nabors explains, "the Recovery Act's unprecedented transparency is a shared responsibility between the federal, state, and local governments, as well as those companies and organizations putting Recovery dollars to work. As we move forward, it's important that everyone understand precisely what they are responsible to report to the public."

The first of seven forums begins today at 10am EDT and will be streamed live on The first forum is a general overview of Recovery Act recipients' reporting principles and requirements. You can download the powerpoint of today's presentation here.

UPDATE: Download the powerpoint presentation for the second online forum, Basic Principles and Requirements of Recovery Act Recipient Reporting, here.

Over the course of the week, training materials for all seven forums will be made available on Here's a list of the full training schedule:

Time (EST)
Title of Webinar
July 20, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm SECTION 1 - General Information (PPT)
2:00pm - 4:00pm SECTION 2 - Basic Principles and Requirements of Recovery Act Recipient Reporting (PPT)
SECTION 5 - Reporting on Jobs Creation Estimates by Recipients
July 21, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm SECTION 3 - Recipient Reporting Process
2:00pm - 4:00pm Technology Solution from an Agency Perspective
July 22, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm Technology Solution from a Prime Recipient Perspective
2:00pm - 4:00pm Technology Solution from a Sub- Recipient Perspective
July 23, 2009 10:00am - 12:00pm SECTION 4 - Data Quality Requirements