On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. One of the goals of this legislation was to foster unprecedented levels of citizen oversight of government spending. Part of that mandate was the development of Recovery.gov, a website to provide the American public with a historic degree of transparency into the act’s spending and the ability to track where their tax money was going.
On July 9, 2009, the Recovery Board announced that our team had been awarded the contract to redesign and redevelop the Recovery.gov site. As the Creative Director for TMP Government, my role in the project included user experience development as well as leading the creative team through the design process. The task included statistical information design, 508 accessibility compliant design, and integration with the selected CMS, Microsoft's SharePoint.