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Joe Biden to preside over "RAT board"

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By Michelle Malkin  •  March 12, 2009 01:28 PM

There’s a term for names that aptly suit their owners: Aptronyms. Here’s a fresh new example. The board that will oversee Wreckovery.org, to be headed by Bozo the VP Joe Biden, will go by the aptronym “RAT Board.”

Yes, RAT Board. (I bet some of you will have FUN designing that logo!)

Via the INPUT blog, looks like the RAT Board will be stimulating a lot of new bureaucrat jobs:

Since its formation in February 2009, the shape of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency (RAT) Board has been steadily coming into focus. This week, INPUT received new information on how the RAT Board will be funded and administered. This information provides industry with early insight into both the administration of the RAT Board and the possibility that business opportunities surrounding staffing and Information Technology (IT) support may be available in the coming weeks and months.

* Earl E. Devaney, former Inspector General of the Department of the Interior and Chairman of the RAT Board, has been given responsibility for creating the Board’s administrative structure. Devaney has asked five staffers at the DOI OIG to follow him to the White House in order to provide senior administrative staff. It remains to be seen if additional administrative staff will accompany the other ten inspectors general who have been named to the RAT Board.

* Government sources tell INPUT that the RAT Board is in the throes of becoming a new Federal agency under the overall direction of Vice President Joe Biden, coordinator of economic stimulus efforts across the federal government.

* According INPUT’s analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (see Initiative 296301 of the INPUT Economic Stimulus Suite), the RAT Board will receive $84 million in operational funding through September 30, 2011.

* Government sources also state that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently in the process of finding office space for RAT Board administrators. Preliminary indications are that the office will be located near the White House.

* INPUT has also learned that the first stage of RAT Board operations will be to hire or select Information Technology (IT) staff to significantly boost the content and scale of the Recovery.gov website. New websites related to stimulus spending may also be created.

Staffing Support. As the RAT Board settles in and grows, INPUT believes that business opportunities may become available for human resources and/or staffing support companies to supplement the skeletal administrative staff. Staffing and HR support companies are therefore advised to keep a look out for opportunities in this area.

Background here and here.

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