It’s the federal website intended to provide transparency about how your tax dollars are being spent, but the information for public consumption is inaccurate, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
The website, USASpending.gov, is missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, according to the GAO.
The website began under the Obama administration.
The White House did not report any of the programs it was directly responsible for reporting to USASpending.gov.
The White House Office of National Drug Policy told auditors they believed that the Department of Health and Human Services was responsible for reporting the information.
The audit says that only between 2 percent and 7 percent of the information is “fully consistent with agency records,” USA Today reports.
HHS was the world culprit. The department didn’t report $544 billion in spending. The bulk of that was for Medicare expenditures.
The Interior Department failed to report $5.3 billion in spending on 163 out of its 265 programs.
The GAO called for the White House Office of Management and Budget to show more oversight of the website.
“Until these weaknesses are addressed, any effort to use the data will be hampered by uncertainties about accuracy,” the report said.
OMB spokesman Jamal Brown said, “OMB is committed to federal spending transparency and working with agencies to improve the completeness and accuracy of data submissions.”
(H/T: USA Today)
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