White House Scraps “Saved or Created” Jobs Numbers

By   /   January 11, 2010  /   No Comments

Do not expect to hear the term “saved or created job” anymore. The federal government has disposed of the figure that had been used to measure the efficacy of the stimulus.

ABC News’ Jake Tapper has the scoop:

In a little-noticed December 18, 2009 memo from Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag the Obama administration is changing the way stimulus jobs are counted.

The memo, first noted by ProPublica, says that those receiving stimulus funds no longer have to say whether a job has been saved or created.

“Instead, recipients will more easily and objectively report on jobs funded with Recovery Act dollars,” Orszag wrote.

In other words, if the project is being funded with stimulus dollars – even if the person worked at that company or organization before and will work the same place afterwards – that’s a stimulus job.

Read here for stimulus troubles in the past, as well as Watchdog’s exclusive on phantom congressional districts.


Bill formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.