The Obama administration is using Drupal for the government's "transparent economic recovery" website. Pretty cool.



Cayenne’s picture

Okay, if the economy recovers, let's take full credit.

warlock’s picture

That's great... some of those recovery $$$ should go to Drupal :)

loomar’s picture

Great news for Drupal and the community

Bairnsfather’s picture

And the cool timeline module.

Which apparently needs a new maintainer.

I see this thread is tagged Drupal 6. I didn't dig deeply in their source, but how can you tell it's D6?

Supposedly the timeline module is not stable in D6 yet. Maybe the folks running can fix it up for D6 and release it? :-)

webgora’s picture

Glad they chose Drupal and saved a lot of $$$ compared to using other expensive CMS. Now they can spend the $ to kick start the economy.

PHP developer

ericpugh’s picture

I read an article the other day that said was getting 3,000 visits a second. Great for Drupal, seems like a lean/mean site.

Cayenne’s picture


llaslo’s picture

I'm almost positive I've seen that theme, or at least most of it, somewhere else. Anyone know which theme it was derived from? I think they hid the usual timeline copyright info.

dunkoh’s picture

It appears that they may not be using the Timeline module, but likely the code that module is modeled after - since the Timeline on the front page is loading from a non-drupal path, in an iframe ( /customcode/timeline/ )

kenyob’s picture

If this doesn;t show it I don't know what will. With Drupal being used at this level on such a nationally recognized and popular site this should be proof enough to see how it holds up at a near enterprise level. Great work to whoever built this and keep it up.

SomebodySysop’s picture

Anyone know what theme is being used on the recovery site?

usa2k’s picture

Odd they don't use clean URLs!

brianmeert’s picture

No need for search optimization, they have Obama. Should generate plenty of traffic.

Brian Meert

sepeck’s picture

it's called themes/recovery_v3 :)

most likely it's something semi or completly customized to their needs.

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dgautsch’s picture

Anyone know how they did the rotating banner on the front?

pimousse98’s picture

Looks like JQuery to me. A great example of why most sites really don't need Flash for awesome banners.

Mumonkan’s picture

seems like they got off drupal. anyone know the story?

i suspect politics! boo.


Egall’s picture

I was about to use that site as part of a presentation to convince a company to start using Drupal.

It was to go something like this..

"Even Barack is using it!"

I wonder will "Even Britney is using it" have the same effect

Cayenne’s picture

Though at first glance, it's a great-looking site. However, like Britney, it's what's inside that counts.

Dublin Drupaller’s picture

I've noticed a few articles online trying to do a hatchet job on drupal because it was dropped by and cost 9 or 18million to revamp.

It's unfortunate, but, I think it's also very unfair for some (I notice one was a joomla user making a lot of noise about it) to try and destroy Drupals status as one of the leading CMS's out there.

There might be many reasons why they dropped it, that aren't necessarily to do with Drupal and my guess is that it might be because the offline way of handling economic data within government offices, across the nation, is microsoft based and it was considered easier to bolt a .net site onto that than retrain the entire government staff across the nation and build a raft of bridging-modules between the two systems. It could also have been because of corporate-politics reasons...e.g. microsoft engineers refusing to work with drupal engineers.

Whatever the reason....I think it's a cheap shot to slag off drupal because of it.

Currently in Switzerland working as an Application Developer with UBS Investment Bank...using Drupal 7 and lots of swiss chocolate

Mike_Waters’s picture


OhMyGov! sat down with two of the people behind the site's construction, Synteractive's Jame Hirmas, Public Sector Director, and Jason Turim, Business Solution Architect, to dig a little deeper into the blueprints for the new 2.0 site.

Although programmers will normally tell you they'd rather build a custom solution than use an off the shelf product, with only 11 weeks to develop, the engineers needed a robust solution that could meet all of the government's security and governance requirements and still be flexible and scalable enough to meet the needs of an entire U.S. population.

"It made sense to use an out of the box product," Turim said, and SharePoint is "one of the most flexible platforms out there and the government already pays for it."

Development time that would have otherwise been spent building a custom 60% solution was freed up by the decision to use SharePoint, and that allowed the team to address other key business problems, such as how to get data from hundreds of disparate sources


"SharePoint provides a lot of capabilities for those within government with a product they already own which has gone through the lengthy (up to 2 years) federal agency certification and accreditation (C&A) process that is not intrusive with their current architecture,"

Reading between the lines, I suspect that the "hundreds of disparate [data] sources" reside on Microsoft domains, on MSSQL servers; Sharepoint was a likely candidate..

It's an easy choice to make, when you only have one choice.

defconjuan’s picture

Now it's on SharePoint... why... they had such a great site. I wonder who got paid for changing their minds. Jerks!

Mike_Waters’s picture

Could this be the work of some developer/sympathizer working towards their own vision of "economic recovery" ?

"Hm yes, this definitely needs a complete rewrite. At least twice a year." :)