With billions of federal dollars flowing from the government economic stimulus package, states and other localities are preparing, in some cases scrambling, to account for their spending under government reporting requirements.

The state of Arkansas Department of Education will comply with the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) in part through a partnership with IBM, whose technology will be used to track and report on the results of spending. IBM, which says it is working with thousands of government agencies on similar programs, claims the Arkansas program will be the first to implement real-time reporting technology to track expenditures from the state level all the way down to granular spending.

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