RS21 and FuseLab Creative have joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) in an effort to increase the transparency of government spending in COVID-19 relief efforts. POGO announced the spending tracker and accountability project in April, describing it as a means for oversight practitioners to track how the $2.7 trillion of relief is being distributed.
RS21, a data science and visualization company, and FuseLab, an interface design agency, will support POGO in the production of a public website for the general community, subject matter experts, and analysts. The web application will allow users to easily explore a robust database of relief programs and clearly understand how COVID-19 economic aid is distributed.
“RS21 is committed to doing good with data, and this is the perfect application of data science as our nation works together to support businesses, communities and families during the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Transparency is key to this process and good government in general,” said Charles Rath, President and CEO of RS21.
In addition to providing access to important and secure data, the website will also feature an intuitive interface. “Our goal here is to provide the public with accurate and usable data visualization options to make it easy to search and filter results and ensure COVID-19 relief spending is as publicly transparent as possible and is reaching its intended beneficiaries,” said Marc Caposino, CEO of FuseLab Creative.
POGO, the organization directing the work, has nearly 40 years of experience conducting government oversight and is committed to ensuring that economic relief is being implemented to support those who need it the most as the country experiences its highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression.
“We are thrilled to be working with RS21 and FuseLab to launch a comprehensive COVID-19 relief spending tracker,” added Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the POGO project.
“As an organization, POGO is committed to increasing government transparency, and with this tracker, we hope to provide a much-needed window into the several trillion dollars the government is spending to address the pandemic and aid those working to hold our government accountable.”
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