Grover "Russ" Whitehurst is a Brookings Institute Senior Fellow and a former official with the U.S. Department of Education. In this Q&A, he explains how the stimulus funds will make their way to local projects, particularly for school programs.

Hoping to cement a strategy that protects the $787 billion stimulus bill from waste and fraud, state and federal officials testified before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Thursday about how to track and prevent wasteful spending.