October 27, 2009

U.S. DOT using geographic map to report ARRA spending


The US DOT map shows ARRA projects and funding by county, congressional district and agency.


The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is using ESRI geographic information system (GIS) technology to report American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) spending at its Website, arra-gis.dot.gov.

The online map provides information about dollars obligated and projects pending in states and territories at the county and congressional district levels.

Once a geographic region is selected, visitors can access project details including federal funding amount and description. The application also allows searches according to U.S. DOT agencies: aviation, transit, maritime, highways and rail.

"The U.S. DOT is sharing important information with citizens in a way that is easily accessible and understood," says ESRI President Jack Dangermond. "It is a great example of how government can use GIS and Gov 2.0 technology to improve government services and deliver transparency and accountability."

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