Politicians likes to talk about intentions and inputs. Results usually don't look so good. If a government program doesn't work, the answer is always more spending.
In a little-noticed December 18, 2009 memo from Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag the Obama administration is changing the way stimulus jobs are counted.
The memo, first noted by ProPublica, says that those receiving stimulus funds no longer have to say whether a job has been saved or created.
“Instead, recipients will more easily and objectively report on jobs funded with Recovery Act dollars,” Orszag wrote.
In other words, if the project is being funded with stimulus dollars – even if the person worked at that company or organization before and will work the same place afterwards – that’s a stimulus job.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Farewell “Saved or Created”: Obama Administration Changes the Counting of Stimulus Jobs