Not really a surprise, and one that we discussed over at this blog note, but apparently the data reported regarding stimulus money spending is not immune to data flaws. This article over at cnn.com discusses some of the simple types of errors appearing in the jobs data, such as hundreds of thousands of dollars spent in Arizona's 52nd, 15th and 86th congressional districts, despite that sparse state's only having eight congressional districts.
I especially like dthe quote from Wisconsin representative Dave Obey: "Credibility counts in government, and stupid mistakes like this undermine it."
Posted November 25, 2009 6:26 AM
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