Accountability for the stimulus

New National Journal question is live: “Is providing stimulus money without the assurance accountability mechanism a good idea?”  My answer here.  I think the real question here is, “Can stimulus also be reform?”  Given that the efficacy of stimulus is measured in the speed with which the money is spent, probably not in most cases.  Kevin Carey covers this idea with greater fluency here.  But RtTT and i3 are great examples of where strong leaders harnessed a good opportunity to leverage some real change.


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