Thank you for coming to this website, which is no longer in service as the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office has been closed.
To look at historical data related to the Recovery Act projects in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, please visit http://www.recovery.gov/arra
Here is a brief summary of our journey
In response to the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the Obama Administration and Congress signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) into law in February 2009. The stated purpose of ARRA was to “preserve and create jobs . . . promote economic recovery . . . invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure, to stabilize state and local government budgets, etc.” According to the Congressional Budget Office reports, ARRA had a total impact of over $830 billion
To help manage the federal stimulus program under ARRA, the Patrick Administration established the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office (Mass RRO) under the Secretariat of Administration and Finance (ANF). The Mass RRO was charged with the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of ARRA, including project prioritization, communications and civic engagement, federal and state reporting and transparency, state agency coordination, and compliance and oversight management, including fraud, waste, and abuse awareness and prevention.
Of the nearly $7.5 Billion of ARRA funds that came to our state agencies, we spent $7.3 Billion (97%) on 561 completed projects and programs as of 12/31/13. Funds were used on many investments in transportation, infrastructure, technology, and research. A good portion of the funds were also used to shore up the state’s safety net programs ranging from unemployment insurance to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Medicaid. During this effort, over 103,000 Massachusetts residents directly received an ARRA-funded paycheck and ARRA projects were estimated to have impacted over 2 million people in the Commonwealth. Economic conditions in Massachusetts have improved since the start of the ARRA programs. Unemployment in MA, which was at a high of 8.7% on October 2009 has decreased significantly.
We have learned many lessons in this period. MassRRO was at the forefront to help prevent fraud and waste of the recovery funds as well as managing the recovery effort in a transparent manner with public disclosures through this web site and its quarterly publication of the Citizen’s Update. Building on the web technology tools used by MassRRO, ANF has put in place a remarkable public transparency web site called the Open CheckBook (http://www.mass.gov/informedma/spending/) that provides the public with an easy-to-use access to state agency spending and this is now being extended to quasi-public agencies and also encouraging local cities and towns to participate and develop similar tools to increase public confidence and trust in the use of public funds.