What is a website worth? Apparently as much as $18,000,000 if you are the US Government. The site, recovery.gov, was created to track spending under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the Obama administration, the site was developed to provide the highest level of transparency and accountability to the American people. Recovery.gov “2.0″ promises to give U.S. taxpayers more information about where their money is going. Well, one thing for sure, some of this money went to finance the most expensive website in the world!
The five year $18 million contract to redesign the recovery.gov website was granted to Smartronix, an IT firm with connections to Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader. What technology was used to upgrade and redesign this website? SharePoint! The recovery.gov site has actually received more than 200 votes to become one of the highest rated sites showcased on TopSharePoint.com.