The engineering problems related to Hurricane Katrina and the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse caused me to pay closer attention to how infrastructure funds are distributed through Congress. My sense has grown that the process is far from rational. Congressional seniority and home state protectionism play too big a role in this process.
I'd like to share a couple of websites that show how the internet can open doors for citizens to follow their representatives' fiscal decision-making. The Sunlight Foundation reports on legislative and business-related activities of members of Congress, and provides many useful links. USAspending.gov is a governmental site that was started up in response to the "Transparency" Act of 2006.