President Obama and Vice President Biden held the White House Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation Conference today, aimed at ensuring that state governments use funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) in an “effective, transparent and efficient” manner. The Governor of each state was invited to send its senior official charged with implementing ARRA at the state level to listen to Cabinet Secretaries and Administration officials’ presentations about the programs and initiatives available under the act.

Vice President Biden’s opening remarks stressed the need to exercise “discipline and accountability and transparency like nothing we have ever done in terms of federal-state relations.” He noted that U.S. taxpayers, the media, the President and Earl Devaney, Chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board, will be overseeing state spending. President Obama’s remarks also emphasized this point, “if we see money being misspent, we’re going to put a stop to it, and we will call it out and we will publicize it.” Both the President and Vice President reminded attendees that ARRA funding was to be put to use to assist the American public, increase jobs and rebuild necessary infrastructure.