The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been one of the most watched, most analyzed public investment programs in our nation's history. The level of accountability we have tried to maintain has been very high. You can see that in how we developed our Recovery Act web site.
But we can become lost in counting the numbers and forget the reason why the Recovery investments are so important. We are recognizing the first anniversary of the Recovery Act by sharing a few of the stories of the people who were directly affected. We call it Faces of Recovery.
The series was compiled from stories written throughout the past year from all across Washington. The Recovery Act has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Washington transportation system. We think it has also made an investment in people's lives.