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Offline flowers

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$619 billion missing from federal transparency site
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:15:17 PM »

The irony is thick with this one. A government audit has found that a website dedicated to making federal spending "more transparent" can't find $619 billion.

USA Today:

    And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on is "fully consistent with agencies' records," according to the report.

    Among the data missing from the 6-year-old federal website:

    • The Department of Health and Human Services failed to report nearly $544 billion, mostly in direct assistance programs like Medicare. The department admitted that it should have reported aggregate numbers of spending on those programs.

    • The Department of the Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs because, the department said, its accounting systems were not compatible with the data formats required by The result: $5.3 billion in spending missing from the website.

    • The White House itself failed to report any of the programs it's directly responsible for. At the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is part of the White House, officials said they thought HHS was responsible for reporting their spending.

    For more than 22% of federal awards, the spending website literally doesn't know where the money went. The "place of performance" of federal contracts was most likely to be wrong.

    That's a problem, said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

    "We live in a world in which information drives decisions," Carper said. "And, given the budget constraints that our government faces, we need reliable information on how and where our money is being spent."

No, this doesn't mean that $619 billion has been "lost," although some of it may have, indeed, gone down a black hole. What it means is that we have incompetents running federal departments. How can HHS not report $544 billion? Madness.

I'm sure the government will eventually get it all sorted out - mostly. The good news is that responsibility for the website is being switched to a department of the Treasury.

At least they have an idea how to count money.

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Re: $619 billion missing from federal transparency site
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 04:16:33 PM »
payola to leftists and union management.

Offline kevindavis

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Re: $619 billion missing from federal transparency site
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 09:59:40 PM »
That money could fund a manned mission to Mars...
GOP House members came to Paul Ryan to be Speaker. He didn't come to them. And he was everybody's conservative darling back in 2012. So unless 1 of the remaining 240 wants to step up & do a better job in budgeting & negotiations & herding the party cats, then everybody please STFU. You go to battle with the army you have, not the one you want but don't have.

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Re: $619 billion missing from federal transparency site
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 11:32:26 PM »
That money could fund a manned mission to Mars...

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