WH Job Site Mistakes Spark Doubt, Concern

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President Obama is expected to hold a jobs summit soon, as unemployment numbers continue to rise and Congress tries to produce a job creation bill to solve the problem.

The efforts, however, come amid news that an Obama administration Web site inaccurately reported jobs created by the economic stimulus package -- and it's causing some doubts.

White House Web Site Makes Errors

Recovery.gov - the White House Web site created to keep track of results of the Economic Recovery Act -- has several errors from congressional district numbers on newly created jobs, according to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

The White House has since acknowledged some errors and said it has "been working with the Recovery Board to find the mistakes and fix them."

Click here to read the entire White House blog post explaining the mistakes and what is being done to correct them.

The Web site listed $6.4 billion going to 440 congressional districts that don't exist. Congress only has 435 real districts.

The Franklin Center report also showed how Recovery.gov had the four American territories receiving stimulus money in their 23 congressional districts, when in fact they have zero districts.

In Washington D.C., there is just one congresswoman, but Recovery.gov shows the city has 12 congressional districts getting hefty amounts of stimulus funds.

In Arizona, the Web site has almost $35 million going to the state's 15th and 86th districts -- neither exist.

Phantom Jobs

The White House blames officials in the states for reporting their districts incorrectly. However, the investigation also found the site not only has false districts, but also false jobs.

Nine jobs were reportedly created at a Kentucky shoemaker's from just a single $890 grant. The grant was given to make just nine pairs of boots for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Also, Rep. David Obey, D-WI was infuriated when he discovered the hundreds of jobs supposedly created by a sewer project in his district - really only created five jobs.

"Fix the blessed problem so that we're getting accurate information. I don't care what people's bureaucratic niceties are, or how hard it is to do it. I mean, they've got to fix the problem, so the American people can understand what the realities are," Rep. David Obey, D-WI, said.

The Obama administration also admitted it overestimated 60,000 jobs on the Web site. But the administration pointed out the stimulus program has still created or saved some 640,000 jobs.

Meanwhile, a new report found that $98 billion in taxpayer money spent by government agencies was wasted-- about 5 percent of spending by federal programs.

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