The Board’s Mr. Go-To
In its three years of existence, the Recovery Board has won many accolades for its commitment to transparency and accountability. The praise often has centered on the development of our websites, FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov, the principal vehicles we use to collect and display spending data from recipients of Recovery Act contracts, grants and loans.
The big winner, of course, is the public. If you are looking for what happened to a contract or grant award — where the money went, how many jobs were funded — all you have to do is visit Recovery.gov and you’ll get what you need.
The Board fortunately has an excellent staff working behind the scenes. The other day, we lost one of our best, James Warren, a technology wizard who was on loan to the Board from the Department of Interior since the Recovery program began in February 2009. Like many creative people, Jim believed his job was done and it was time to move on to the next challenge. He decided to go back to the Office of the Chief Information Officer at Interior.
Jim is a rare commodity — brilliant, but never one looking for credit. When I joined the Board three years ago, the first guy I went looking for was Jim Warren. He worked around the clock in developing the information technology systems you see when you visit Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov. The Recovery Operations Center, our prized analytical operation, has Jim’s stamp on it. He also is the architect of the ROC’s case management system.
Last year, the President created the Government Accountability and Transparency Board. Jim worked with that Board on spending data issues and developing a centralized technology framework for fraud detection and prevention. His ideas are central to many of the recommendations in the GAT Board’s report sent to the President in December.
Jim was our go-to guy. He remains available to consult as needed but we will miss his day-to-day presence.
-- Michael Wood, Executive Director, Recovery Board