As many jumped into making recommendations on how the U.S. government's Recovery data should be packaged and disseminated, it's worth looking into some important previous work in this area, work with which many who are new to open government might be unfamiliar.
I am certain that anyone who lives in a country with sales tax has looked at a pay check after taxation has taken its toll and wondered how their tax dollars were spent. If you live in the United States there is a simple way to answer this question. The WhatWePayFor API is connected to an online database that provides federal budget data. Whatwepayfor.com makes this information more useable by breaking it down to how much is payed by individuals.
The ubiquitous U.S. corner store 7-Eleven is helping with an unlikely type of convenience: polling in the upcoming U.S. election. For the last three elections, the store has made red and blue cups to represent the candidates. When customers come to get their coffee, they have the opportunity to "vote" for one of the two main parties. For the upcoming election, that data will be included in the 7-Eleven Election API, so developers can have ready access to the current entirely unscientific polling numbers.