Monday, April 6, 2009

Governor Rendell - Stimulate THIS

A friend alerted me to this situation.

The article below lists members of PA's stimulus oversight commission.

Can it be true that there's only one woman on the 14 member commission?

Does it ever end?^1804671

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spending the Stimulus: Meet the people who will be watching your money
Some of the $787 billion in federal funds has already left Washington, D.C. Here’s a look at some of the developments that could affect your business.

Pittsburgh Business Times - by Anya Litvak

In addition to Web surfers at, the state’s stimulus information warehouse, 14 sets of eyes will narrow on how fair, appropriate and transparent Pennsylvania’s stimulus actions will be.

In creating a Stimulus Oversight Commission, Gov. Ed Rendell asked 13 people to join him in keeping a watchful eye on the state’s implementation of the Recovery Act and to meet twice a month to discuss it. The board’s first meeting was March 31, after the public appointment of Ron Naples as the body’s chief accountability officer.

Naples will receive $120,000 a year for his work in monitoring how the state doles out the approximate $16 billion chunk coming to it over the next three years.

“It won’t be long until you will see more and more people packing their lunch pails and heading back to work,” Rendell said.

The governor, who knows Naples from Philadelphia, said his credentials include a stint as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, two Army tours, an MBA from Harvard and experience in energy policy, having served on a presidential task force on energy.

More recently, Naples was CEO at Quaker Chemical Corp. and, earlier, at Hunt Manufacturing.

If Naples is the stimulus’ top overseer in Pennsylvania, then James Creedon, the state’s secretary of the department of general services, is its head implementer.

In office since 2005, Creedon heads the state’s purchasing and contracting arm.

All non-highway state contracts resulting from the stimulus influx will flow through Creedon’s department.

Rendell, Creedon and Naples comprise the oversight commission’s administration board.

Its reports and videos of the meetings will be made available to the public on the state’s stimulus Web site.

On the lookout: These individuals make up the Stimulus Oversight Commission, which will track the flow of stimulus funds.

Ronald J. Naples - Chief Accountability Officer Chairman of Governor’s Working Group for Stimulus Accountability; former CEO of Quaker Chemical Corp.; former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

James Creedon - Chief Implementation Officer; Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services; former senior vice president for business development, North America, with United Water

Rep. Brian Ellis - R-PA, 11th Legislative District; member of appropriations, finance and tourism, and recreational development committees; member of House Republican policy committee’s task force on budget and economic policy

Tony Ross - President and CEO of the United Way of Pennsylvania; former executive director at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Gene Barr - Vice president of government and public affairs at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; former government affairs associate director for BP America

Rep. Jennifer Mann - D-PA, 132nd Legislative District; majority caucus secretary; chairwoman of the Democratic Leadership Council’s State Legislative Advisory Board

Sen. Michael Waugh - Caucus chairman, R-PA, 28th; Senate District; former managing partner of Waugh Construction Co.; former assistant fire chief with the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company

Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski - D - PA, 11th District; chairman of the House financial services subcommittee on capital markets, insurance and government sponsored enterprises; member of the committee on oversight and government reform

Sen. Robert Mellow - Leader, D-PA, 22nd District; Democratic Caucus leader; longest serving member of the Pennsylvania Senate

Phil English - Former Republican representative, 3rd District; former Erie City controller; former chief of staff for former Sen. Melissa Hart

Charles Battaglia - Security advisor for Sen. Arlen Specter; staff director of the Senate committee on veterans affairs; staff director of the Senate select committee on intelligence

J. Terry Kostoff - Former deputy state treasurer for fiscal operations; former deputy auditor general for audits; proxy for U.S. Senator Robert Casey

Donald C. Siegel - international vice president, District 3, IBEW, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

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