Monday, May 25, 2009

Follow the money... if you can

Shortly after the economic stimulus bill was signed, Vice President Biden was talking up the administration's Web site to track the spending,, when he accidentally directed people to

As slip-ups go, this one had an upside: Unlike the government site, the privately run is actually providing detailed information about how the $787 billion in stimulus money is being spent.

We covered the bang-up job referenced private firm, Onvia, is doing in tracking the stimulus money, completely free of charge at their website, here.

And what do you think the person in charge of the federal government’s website thinks of all this? Here’s Earl Devaney, the Interior Department inspector general who is in charge of stimulus oversight and who claims there is only so much spending underway that can be tracked on

"I'm not being particularly apologetic about where this site is today," he said. "I would be if someone could show me anything that has happened that isn't on this site."

Much like Onvia, we here at BwD provide a public service completely free of charge regarding divining the intent and meaning of government bureaucrat-speak and with respect to Mister Devaney’s quote above…. Translation: "Kiss my ass"

P.S. Just think of how much more spending wouldn't/couldn't be tracked if they had actually dispersed more than 37% of the available funds to date.


SarahB said...

WOW...guess I shouldn't be surprised!

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? The arrogance has only just begun. These people know better than the rest of the unwashed. Look at what they are trying to do to "open" union votes.

They have a mandate and political collateral. It has to get worse before it gets better.

Pendulum 'Dawg

K T Cat said...

Well, duhhh. Anyone who knew anything about government contracting knew this wasn't going to go according to plan. Unfortunately, that doesn't include the majority in congress or the administration, but there you have it.