Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, in his Recovery Operations Center, in Washington. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

As yours truly writes, “Despite early concerns with the reliability of data compiled by the board and the speed with which it was published, transparency experts generally agree that De­vaney’s efforts broke new ground on how the public reviews federal spending information.

“Working in four agencies over four decades, Devaney honed a reputation as a nonpartisan fixer. The announcement of his retirement even prompted a rare bit of agreement between the White House and congressional Republicans.”

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