Audit finds $619B gap in federal spending site

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    Aug 07, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
    The Obama administration failed to properly account for how it spent nearly $619 billion, according to a watchdog audit of the main federal website meant to track where taxpayer money is going.

    The report from the Government Accountability Office picked apart the website, and the agencies feeding information to it.
  • jjguy05

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    Aug 07, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    Well, of course, Fox News will pin this on the Obama administration, and Southbeach -who gets paid for every right-wing bullshit he posts- will certainly gloat over it.


    A much fairer article on the matter can be found in the Washington Post. The GAO is a bipartisan body, made up of both Republicans and Democrats. Government spending transparency has always been a problem, through both Republican and Democratic administrations. That's why:

    Washington PostThe Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush, required the Office of Management and Budget to set up a Web site with data on federal awards and develop guidance on reporting requirements. President Obama later set a goal of 100 percent accuracy by the end of 2011.

    Thus, the Obama administration itself said that there's a problem on spending reporting. Contrary to what Southbeach would have us believe, that this is all part of a conspiracy by the administration to hide $600-billion worth of spending.

    Even Republicans don't blame the Obama administration, but rather the government bureaucracy that Obama inherited:

    Washington Post[Senator] Coburn said the reporting problems hinder Congress’s ability to determine the pros and cons of spending decisions.”It is disappointing that the federal bureaucracy is so vast and unaccountable that the administration cannot enact the president’s signature accomplishment as a senator requiring the government to disclose how and where it spends money,” he said in a statement on Monday.

    Once again, nice try, Southbeach. Show my response to your paymasters.