The intrusive nature of the oversight mechanisms that are available to the Government under the Recovery Act is unprecedented in federal contracting. It is a subject that has been dealt with previously in this blog (click here, here, here and here). For a useful PowerPoint summary of these mechanisms, click here. This link was used as the basis for a presentation at the recent 16th Annual Procurement Institute in which the acceptance of ARRA dollars was said to evoke memories of a 1959 movie starring James Cagney and Don Murray entitled "Shake Hands With the Devil." We leave it to you to decide if the title is apt.