November 2009 Posts

Nov
13
2009

Misbehaving Contractors are Recovery Act Winners

ARRA logoThe federal government has awarded about $17 billion in direct contracts under the various provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Nov
9
2009

Green Jobs: Newest Bait for Tax Scams?

Thomas Friedman, author of Hot, Flat and Crowded, a book that touts green jobs, has argued that a “clean energy bubble” would be a good thing.

Wall Street’s casino has preempted that for now, but there is disturbing new evidence from Oregon this week that green jobs have become the hot new bait for corporate tax scams wrapped in the sheep’s clothing of “economic development incentives.”

Nov
6
2009

Stimulus Lobbying Pays Off for Major Contractors

K streetLast spring, when the ink was barely dry on the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), there was already concern about an emerging frenzy of lobbying on behalf of corporations seeking a slice of the st

Nov
3
2009

The Case of the Missing ARRA Jobs

Here's a mystery for Recovery Act sleuths: how do you spend more than $1 billion and have no jobs to show for it? That's one of odd results from an examination of the ARRA recipient data recently released on Recovery.gov.

Nov
3
2009

ARRA Executive Compensation Data No Longer Anonymous

In a victory for transparency, the ARRA data on Recovery.gov now has names--the names, that is, of the highest paid officers at companies that received Recovery Act contracts directly from the federal government.