Earl Devaney, a former Massachusetts police officer, Secret Service agent, and current Department of Interior Inspector General, was tapped to head the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which will oversee the use of over $750 billion in funds allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Stimulus).
In his less than two months in office, President Obama has already taken major steps to refocus the contracting system on transparency and accountability. Now, the Administration and Congress appear ready to scale back two Republican-supported contracting policies – Alaskan Native Corporation preferences and competitive sourcing requirements.
The economic stimulus bill that was passed by Congress on February 12, 2009 (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, “ARRA”) includes new whistleblower protections introduced by Sen. Clair McCaskill (D-MO) to prevent fraud in the use of stimulus funds (“McCaskill Amendment”).
Today the Obama Administration officially laid out its planned reforms for the procurement system – including the Administration’s plan to rein in the use of contractors in the operation of the federal government.