American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is helping UAA support Research which is one of the four pillars of the University's Mission. The Grants and Contracts staff is ready to clarify requirements of the ARRA to the entire university community.  We will proactively manage all awards to completely comply with the evolving regulations related to this funding source.  On-going ARRA informational updates will be provided by Grants & Contracts to our Principal Investigators and their support staff.  Grants and Contracts will also keep this website updated with the same current information.  All federal ARRA reporting will be submitted quarterly through our office.  Our website is intended to inform the public in harmony with the mandates of accountability and transparency as required by The Act.

What is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

The Act

On Feb. 13, 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the urging of President Obama, who signed it into law four days later. A direct response to the economic crisis, the Recovery Act has three immediate goals:

  • Create new jobs and save existing ones
  • Spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth
  • Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending

The Recovery Act intends to achieve those goals by:

  • Providing $288 billion in tax cuts and benefits for millions of working families and businesses
  • Increasing federal funds for education and health care as well as entitlement programs(such as extending unemployment benefits) by $224 billion
  • Making $275 billion available for federal contracts, grants and loans
  • Requiring recipients of Recovery funds to report quarterly on how they are using the money. All the data is posted on so the public can track the Recovery funds.

Construction and repair of roads and bridges as well as scientific research and the expansion of broadband and wireless service are also included among the many projects that the Recovery Act will fund.

While many of Recovery Act projects are focused more immediately on jumpstarting the economy, others, especially those involving infrastructure improvements, are expected to contribute to economic growth for many years.

Where is the reporting entered for each award?

The reporting for each project is done quarterly by the UAA Grants & Contracts ARRA Administrator through

Where did the money go?

Interactive search engines are available at to inform the public regarding which institutions were awarded, how much was received, a description of each project  and where they are located.

How can I see ARRA awards by agency or recipient?

An easy-to-use search engine is available for the public to use at

How can I find out more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009?

Vice-President Biden, who was appointed by our President to lead this initiative, updates the website frequently on changes and accomplishments achieved by the ARRA.

The Office of Management and Budget provides guidance on the administration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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UAA is Committed to Timely and Complete Compliance

The University of Alaska Anchorage is committed to timely and complete compliance with the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The Office of Research provides frequent communication with the Principal Investigators on the most current ARRA information.  Quarterly reporting as required by Section 1512 of the Recovery Act is the responsibility of the Grants and Contracts Office. 

Read more about the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding on UAA Research in this edition of Research News:

Research News Spring 2010