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Obey: "Stupid mistakes" in recovery data undermine government credibility

By Katie Rosenberg

WASHINGTON DC (WAOW)--Congressman Dave Obey wants pervasive errors in official stimulus data fixed. The Wausau Democrat says that the inaccuracies on recovery.gov are “stupid mistakes” that undermine the government’s credibility.

The data shows the number of jobs created and how much stimulus funding each congressional district received. However the website also shows so-called “phantom congressional districts,” districts that don’t really exist, along with funding and job creation numbers.

In an Appropriations Committee statement Obey says, “The inaccuracies on recovery.gov that have come to light are outrageous and the Administration owes itself, the Congress, and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”

Wisconsin has several phantom districts listed on the recovery website including the 55th, 14th, 9th, 00, 10th and 39th. The funds received vary from $1,240,000 to $91,091.

Obey also called on the Transparency Board, which oversees the recovery act web site and data, to fix it. “Whether the numbers are good news or bad news, I want the honest numbers and I want them now,” Obey said.

Online Reporter: Katie Rosenberg

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