As a senior advisor to President Obama, G. Edward DeSeve oversaw the successful implementation of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He founded Public Financial Management -- the nation's largest financial advisor to governments -- and served as a professor of public management and finance at the University of Maryland, where he is currently a senior fellow. He is the author of numerous publications including, The Presidential Appointees' Handbook (Brookings 2009). DeSeve is a graduate of Cornell University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The stimulus package promises billions for energy-efficiency projects. State and local governments must be ready to move quickly, and they will need to embrace new levels of accountability and transparency.