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Q: Where can I learn more about how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will affect the federal budget?

A: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has calculated the impact that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will have on the federal government's budget deficit. You can review those calculations in full, or read a summary on the CBO blog. For more information visit the White House website or, for legislative information, the Library of Congress's THOMAS.

Q: How will the Recovery Act work?

A: The different agencies -- such as the Departments of Education; Health and Human Services; and Energy -- decide who will receive award grants and contracts. Sometimes the money will go to a state government; other times, the funds will go directly to a school, hospital, contractor, or other organization. As the Agencies make these decisions, they deliver that information to the team and, as we receive the data, we make the information available on so you are able to track where the money is going. As more and more of the Recovery funds are distributed, you'll be able to search the website by state or even by Congressional district and look up names of Federal contractors and other recipients of Federal dollars. And, you'll be able to send in comments, thoughts, ideas, questions, and any responses you have to what you find.

Q: What's the purpose of the new legislation?

A: The purpose of the Recovery Act is to create and save jobs, jumpstart our economy, and build the foundation for long-term economic growth. The Act includes measures to modernize the nation's infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, expand educational opportunities, increase access to health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Q: Where can I find the full text of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

A: The text of the law can be found in Text or PDF format here.