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Honest mistakes to be sure: Gov’t ‘transparency’ website missing at least $619 billion

By Doug Powers  •  August 6, 2014 10:00 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Transparency we can believe in?

A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.

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 USASpending.gov is “fully consistent with agencies’ records,” according to the report.
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.

The Department of Health & Human Services “failed to report nearly $544 billion” to the “transparency” website in 2012, which of course justified giving Kathleen Sebelius a hero’s sendoff in April of this year.

Here’s how many people have been fired for all the incompetence:

According to Newsbusters, only CBS thought this story was important enough to mention:

Instead of covering the missing $619 billion in taxpayer money, Good Morning America showed video of a farmer in Kansas serenading his cows by playing the song “Royals” on his trombone. NBC’s Today spent nearly three minutes discussing the supposed controversy surrounding a new Kim Kardashian mobile app.


On top of it all, earlier this year the State Department said they “lost” $6 billion. How much more “smart power” can the country handle?

**Written by Doug Powers

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