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Reports from the Bee's investigative team

June 30, 2010
Stimulus funds flow freely - info on spending, not so much

The government is pumping out nearly a trillion dollars in economic recovery funds, but according to the US Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, most of the projects don't score well on following through with requirements to make their details known to the public. (A tally of some of the region's projects funded last year are noted in this graphic previously published in The Sacramento Bee.)stimulus graphic1.JPG

"An estimated three-quarters of the recipient-reported information did not fully meet GAO's transparency criteria -- thus potentially hampering understanding of what is being achieved with Recovery Act funding," the agency found. Overall, out of more than 14,000 projects, just 25 percent fully met the transparency criteria.

But the agency said that in some cases, federal and state websites provided supplementary information.

-Charles Piller


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