To highlight our commitment to transparency in government, Mass.Gov/Recovery launched several new web based tools for outreach, education and information. These tools are not intended to replace the channels currently in place for press and constituent communication. Press inquiries should be directed to Alethea Pieters at 617-979-8385, and questions or complaints regarding agency services should be directed to Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office at contact.stimulus@massmail.state.ma.us or (617)979-8380. Rather, these tools are meant to augment our ability to educate, empower, and inform the residents of Massachusetts.

Below are some of the many ways we encourage people to stay informed and engaged, including Commonwealth Conversations: Recovery & Reinvestment blog, Twitter, and RSS Feeds. Some of the agencies within the Commonwealth could be using additional or other social media tools. Please review the agencies specific policies to obtain more information about how those agencies are using social media.

Please note, that Records Retention Law of the Commonwealth requires Mass.Gov/Recovery to preserve records created or received by a state employee. Pursuant to this retention requirement, comments posted or messages received via an official state agency page on a third-party web-site (such as an official agency profile on a social network) will be treated as state governmental records and may be permanently archived. Information that you submit voluntarily through social media sites associated with this agency where such information is publically available, including your name, city or town, and the substance of anything that you post may be disseminated further by being posted online at this website or be publicly discussed by a member of the administration.

Commonwealth Conversations: Recovery & Reinvestment

Launched in November, 2009, Commonwealth Conversations: Recovery & Reinvestment is the official blog of the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment office. The blog provides information and a forum for conversations pertaining to the Recovery Act in the Commonwealth. We encourage you to visit this blog often and participate by subscribing to and commenting on our posts. Please review the Commonwealth Conversations: Recovery & Reinvestment blog and comment policy pages to learn more about how this blog is and is not used by Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment office.

Also note that this blog is hosted by Typepad, and is governed by a separate Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of the Commonwealth Conversations: Technology blog. For questions, please contact Naomi Grossman at Naomi.Grossman@state.ma.us or 617-979-8394.

COMMONWIKI

Launched in 2009 Commonwiki is the official wiki of the Information Technology Division within the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. The wiki is presented for use and collaboration by employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We encourage you to visit this wiki often and review the content. Please review Commonwiki and its participation policy pages to learn more about how this wiki is and is not used by the Information Technology Division.

Twitter™

Twitter is a free social networking site that allows users to send and read other users' short updates (up to 140 characters in length).

Because the Commonwealth has several sub-agencies using Twitter in different ways, we recommend that you review the information below to learn how each is using Twitter. Additionally we recommend you visit individual Twitter accounts to learn how they are using Twitter.

Also note that this micro-blog is hosted by Twitter and is governed by Twitter's separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of Twitter. For questions, please contact the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment office at contact.stimulus@massmail.state.ma.us or (617) 979-8380.

YouTube™

To both increase transparency and save money on video hosting and streaming, the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment office publishes all of our video content to our YouTube channel. Because the Commonwealth has several channels, you can find our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/RecoveryMA and embed the videos back on our site.

The Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office is responsible solely for the content uploaded to the official YouTube channel, and not for any related videos or linked videos linked from other users, nor for any advertising or other content contained on the YouTube website.

Also note that this video share is hosted by YouTube and is governed by YouTube's separate website policies, including its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These policies apply to your use of YouTube. For questions, please contact The Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office at contact.stimulus@massmail.state.ma.us or (617) 979-8380.

RSS Feeds

While you can always check the Mass.Gov/Recovery's website for regular updates, it's often easier to have information come to you. RSS lets you do just that. When you subscribe to an RSS feed, updates come to you as we post them.

We offer RSS feeds of both our News and Updates and Press Releases.

If you're unfamiliar with RSS Feeds and how to use them, please visit What is RSS? on Mass.gov homepage.