Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yesterday, Fox; Today, Associated Press

Showing no shame, the Obama administration today slammed a report from The Associated Press alleging the government had overstated by thousands the number of jobs it has created or saved with federal contracts under President Obama's $787 billion recovery program.



The White House seized on an initial report from a government oversight board weeks ago that claimed federal contracts awarded to businesses under the recovery plan already had helped pay for more than 30,000 jobs. The administration said the number was evidence that the stimulus program had exceeded early expectations toward reaching the president's promise of creating or saving 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.



But the 30,000 figure is overstated by thousands -- at the very least by nearly 5,000, or one in six, based on AP's limited review of some of the contracts -- because some federal agencies and recipients of the money provided incorrect job counts. The review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs were credited to stimulus spending when, in fact, none were produced.



Within minutes of the publication of AP's story, the White House released a statement at 12:15 a.m. Thursday that it said was the "real facts" about how jobs were counted in the stimulus data distributed two weeks ago.



"This story draws misleading conclusions from a handful of examples," Ed DeSeve, an Obama adviser helping to oversee the stimulus program, said.



"Tomorrow, more than 100,000 recipient reports will be posted on Recovery.gov," DeSeve said. "Unlike the small number of reports reviewed by AP, these reports have been reviewed for weeks, errors have been spotted and corrected, and additional layers of review by state and local governments have further improved the data quality."



Nevertheless, the White House said it is aware there are problems. In an interview, the advisor said agencies have been working with businesses that received the money to correct mistakes. It asserted that had been a test run of a small subset of data that had been subjected only to three days of reviews, that it had already corrected "virtually all" the mistakes identified by the AP and that the discovery of mistakes "does not provide a statistically significant indication of the quality of the full reporting that will come on Friday."



"If there's an error that was made, let's get it fixed," DeSeve said.



There's no evidence the White House sought to inflate job numbers in the report, but the administration embraced the flawed figures the moment they were released.



The data partially reviewed by the AP for errors included all the data presently available, representing all known federal contracts awarded to businesses under the stimulus program. The figures being released Friday include different categories of stimulus spending by state governments, housing authorities, nonprofit groups and other organizations.



As of early Thursday, on its recovery.org Web site, the government was still citing 30,383 as the actual number of jobs linked so far to stimulus spending, despite the mistakes the White House has now acknowledged and said were being corrected.



A Colorado company said it created 4,231 jobs with the help of Obama's economic recovery plan. The real number: fewer than 1,000.



A child care center in Florida said it saved 129 jobs with the help of stimulus money. Instead, it gave pay raises to its existing employees.



Elsewhere in the U.S., some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two, three, four or even more times.



The discrepancy raises questions about the reliability of a key benchmark the administration uses to gauge the success of the stimulus. The errors could be magnified Friday when a much larger round of reports is released. It is expected to show hundreds of thousands of jobs repairing public housing, building schools, repaving highways and keeping teachers on local payrolls.

5 comments:

fuzzys dad October 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

My how Obama hates the truth.

Conscious Observer October 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM  

It asserted that had been a test run of a small subset of data that had been subjected only to three days of reviews, that it had already corrected "virtually all" the mistakes identified by the AP and that the discovery of mistakes "does not provide a statistically significant indication of the quality of the full reporting that will come on Friday."

Uh...whaa??? Now there's some double talk. It's like a Three Stooges movie! Or and episode of Green Acres! And so WHY, did you jump on only three days of reviews?? Maybe because the WH loves to project a positive, rolling their sleeves up, making improvements image, for publicity?

But don't try to call them on it! You'll be wrong and probably Tay-Czared!

American's want to see REAL new jobs, (preferably) from real new companies or "growing" existing companies. Not this smoke and mirror nonesense. It's like... HEY, I saw you eat that..."No I didn't"...Yes you did, I just saw you..."It wasn't me"...Uh..YES it was, were the only two in here..."You must have been thinking of a different day"...

It's unbelievable, it's a joke, what we're dealing with today. Keep up the good bloggen!

Bob Qat October 30, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

This is the Cockroach Administration. Mr Obama hates the light of careful examination. The light of open review is foundational to democracy and freedom. Therefore, Mr Obama hates free people.

Mr Obama, much worse than Mr Nixon, Mr Obama even worse than Mr Clinton.

Libertarian Advocate October 30, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

T.C Very impressive blog you've put together. Just added you to my roll.

http://libertarianadvocate.blogspot.com/

WoFat November 1, 2009 at 8:36 AM  

I thought AP was in the big Obama Kissing Line.

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