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Recovery Act Recipient Reports Database

The Recovery tab of FedSpending.org allows searching of over 100,000 reports from prime recipients of more than $250 billion in contracts, grants, and loans awarded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (Recovery Act) between Feb. 17, 2009 and June 30, 2012, as well as additional information on sub-recipients and vendors. Recipients of Recovery Act funds are required to report quarterly about use of the money they receive. The first reports were made public on Oct. 30, 2009. Fedspending.org uses a dataset that was last updated on Sep. 19, 2012.

OMB Watch obtained the recipient reports through Recovery.gov, a website required by the Recovery Act and maintained by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. FedSpending.org's Recovery tab gives users flexibility to search either individually or in aggregate for prime recipients, sub-recipients, ZIP codes, congressional districts, federal awarding agencies, award amounts, and much more through a variety of means, including an Advanced Search function. Additionally, any search results can be downloaded.

Another key feature of this database is that it shows the extent to which Recovery Act funds are passed from prime recipients to sub-recipients and vendors. This is done by creating a new field called "net amount retained," which is the amount of money a prime recipient does not pass on to a sub-recipient or vendor. This also allows summary level data to be displayed without double counting Recovery Act funds.

Read more about “Net Amount Retained” data field.

There is both a cumulative dataset that eliminates reports on the same award in multiple quarters, and a quarter-by-quarter dataset. Read about the cumulative dataset.

Please note this interface is still a beta version and may contain technical glitches despite our best efforts. As we finalize this interface and further expand the functionality, it is our hope that the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board increases the capability of Recovery.gov, so that this tab is no longer needed. In the meantime, please give us feedback on this tab.