Transparency in action: your tax dollars into the abyss

Jim Scarantino of the New Mexico Watchdog reports that $6.4 billion in federal stimulus dollars has gone to non-existent congressional districts.  Yes, you read that right:  non-existent districts.

Ed Pound at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, blamed the apparent disbursement of your tax dollars into non-existent congressional districts

on the recipients not knowing in which congressional districts they live. He said did nothing wrong, because it reported incorrect information correctly. “Our job is data integrity, not data quality,” he said.

Data integrity, not data quality.  Ah, I see.  The quality of data is irrelevant to the guys at the Accountability and Transparency board.  Well, that’s some transparency and accountabilty, all right.  I wonder what the IRS would say if I showed up at an audit with a bunch of receipts from non-existent businesses, and told them I had reported incorrect information correctly.

I’m getting to this story a bit late, as Jim writes on his Facebook page that Drudge, Limbaugh and even the Washington Post have already picked up the story.  I just checked Drudge, and sure enough, the story is the top headline, though it links the ABC story rather than the NM Watchdog’s.

I have an idea the New Mexico Watchdog is going to become one those websites that well informed people cannot afford to miss reading.  Maybe you didn’t hear it here first, because I’m sure a lot of other people are saying the same thing, but you did hear it here.

Comments 2

  1. Jim Scarantino wrote:

    Thanks, Brigette. Hope I can live up to expectations from here on out.

    Posted 18 Nov 2009 at 5:23 pm
  2. Towanda wrote:

    I have had the NMWatchdog site bookmarked for a while now, and it is packed with good info — and very classy looking as well.

    Posted 21 Nov 2009 at 4:29 am

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