Finding Stimulus Agencies is one problem, and when you have found them, Finding Stimulus Sites is the next problem. while working on the 587 agency names we extracted from
usa.gov, and trying to match them up with the currently sparsely populated list of recovery sites on
recovery.gov, we already found the first agency on
recovery.gov which is not in the list on
usa.gov: the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has a recovery site, but is not listed on
this is unfortunate, because it means that we cannot use the list of 587 agencies as a reliable starting point for our search for recovery sites, which is what we initially hoped to do.
starting from the XML list of agencies scraped from
usa.gov, we created a little XSLT that generates a list of agency sites and likely recovery sites for those agencies, but since not all agency site follow the nice
http://agency.gov/ pattern (not all agencies have their own domains, or home pages with no path segments), it is not all that easy to reliably generate likely recovery site names.
1.4 To which agencies does this Guidance apply?
The provisions of this Guidance apply to all Executive Branch departments and agencies involved in or impacted by the Recovery Act or which otherwise perform services for agencies that receive such appropriations.
this language probably intentionally keeps the possible recipients of stimulus funding very loosely defined, so our approach of trying to find a closed list of potential recipients might have been too limited. this would make even more important, however, to have the list on
recovery.gov made available in machine-readable formats, so that it is possible to retrieve that information reliably.