The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Serving America's Veterans

Abstract

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), signed by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, provided America with a $787 billion investment package to ―… boost the failing economy, create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America’s middle class.

Within weeks of enactment, VA had identified more than 900 projects across all 50 states that would be funded with Recovery Act funds. 

This case study highlights the acceleration measures we implemented, the accountability standards we set, the transparency commitments we made, and the socio-economic goals we required of ourselves. These changes represent a major cultural shift on the part of America’s second largest federal department. They set the conditions for permanent improvements in the way VA does business in service to Veterans.

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