The 440 phantom districts found on the government’s stimulus tracking web site have been replaced.
Recovery.gov has taken down all of the phantom districts–that is districts that received money without actually existing. The 12 phantom districts in Virginia, for example, have been consolidated into one category: unassigned congressional district. It appears that the administration, embarrassed by the fallout of New Mexico Watchdog’s discovery of these discrepancies, is now looking to retrace what actual districts received the $6.4 billion distributed to the phantoms.
This is a far cry from the response that Ed Pound, spokesman for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, gave a Montana Policy Institute reporter on Monday. Pound told reporters that the problem would not be resolved until the next data collection cycle in January.
Luckily, Watchdog.org has preserved Recovery.org’s most recent data on the 440 UFD’s (Unidentified Funded Districts) of the stimulus package: