COVID-19 Relief Spending Tracker Overlays Community Indicators with Federal Spending

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Project on Government Oversight (POGO) engages FuseLab Creative and RS21 to reveal spending patterns of more than $2.9 trillion.

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With the release of this new COVID-19 Relief Spending Tracker, enormous clarity has been created, along with the ability to look at spending through a geographic or socioeconomic lens, said Marc Caposino, CEO, FuseLab Creative.

The federal government has distributed more than $2.9 trillion to support businesses and families through the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To increase the transparency of government spending, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) launched the COVID-19 Relief Spending Tracker, created in partnership with RS21 and FuseLab Creative. The tracker is uniquely suited to reveal spending patterns by overlaying unemployment, population and minority percentages with overall spending data for more than 15 million transactions.

“Many people across the country have heard various numbers regarding government COVID-19 spending but have no idea what actually has taken place and who received what. With the release of this new COVID-19 Relief Spending Tracker, enormous clarity has been created, along with the ability to look at spending through a geographic or socioeconomic lens,” said Marc Caposino, CEO, FuseLab Creative.

POGO, a nonpartisan independent watchdog with 40 years of experience conducting government oversight, announced the project in April. RS21, a data science, artificial intelligence and visualization company, and FuseLab Creative, an interface design agency, began data science, software development, and design production in June.

The spending tracker provides users a single window, with multiple map and filtering functions, allowing for a customized view into public relief funds from the U.S. government. Users have access to $1.6 trillion in federal spending data made available by the federal government (about $1.3 trillion in funds remains unaccounted for). An interactive map and table views allow users to easily explore and filter government spending by location based on states, cities and zip codes and compare those spending patterns with data on unemployment rates and population demographics. Using data to assist both high level research and more in-depth inquiries that go into details of specific transactions allows users to better understand if the money missed key communities.

The spending tracker will periodically be updated with new data as well as improved features and functions to further the goals of government transparency and accountability. It can be accessed at http://www.covidtracker.pogo.org.
For more information on FuseLab Creative, visit http://www.fuselabcreative.com.

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We believe that data and AI-driven interface and dashboard design is now one of the most important services we provide. It is what sets FuseLab Creative apart from our competitors and requires the unique ability to combine art and science, in much the same way an architect can take a house that may seem cramped and dark and turn it into a useful and beautiful space to live for years to come. FuseLab Creative takes great pride in helping organizations figure out ways to make better use of the data they currently have to make critical decisions with confidence.

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Contact:    Marc Caposino, 415.298.1528, marc@fuselabcreative.com

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