Obama promised to tell everyone where the stimulus went. Oops, another promise bites the dust.
The goal was to build a reporting system that allows the public to follow the zigzagging paths of dollars awarded under the $787 billion federal stimulus package.
A financial GPS of sorts.
But despite federal lawmakers’ pledge of transparency, the final stages of most money trails, along with key information about job impacts, will remain invisible to users of the Recovery.org website when it debuts next month.
Only details of a stimulus grant’s passage through its first two stops after it leaves the federal government must be reported, according to guidance memos from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
That means billions of dollars will be untrackable and thousands of recipients will be left unidentified through the database, officials acknowledge.
I suspect when the Dems lose a lot of seats, if not the majority next year, there may be some interesting investigations into all this. One can hope.
Remember when they were complaining about the money that disappeared under Bush? Chump change compared to this.