Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Program Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act

Historically, spending under stimulus legislation tended to peak after a recession was over, oftentimes creating inflation instead of jobs. To avoid this, the Recovery Act man­dated tight timeframes, with 70 percent of the money required to be spent within 17 months to generate jobs. There was significant concern that this rapid spending might result in an estimated $50 billion in waste, fraud, or abuse. Accordingly, there were stringent transparency and accountability requirements embedded in the law.

Preparing for Disasters

This report includes two essays reflecting different perspectives on preparing for and working in large-scale emergencies.

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