Federal spending database full of inaccuracies?

Kaitlin Lee, senior developer, the Sunlight Foundation

wfedstaff | June 4, 2015 11:58 am

It’s one thing to post federal spending online in a show of transparency. But what if all the spending reports are wrong?

Turns out, the data posted to online federal information clearinghouse USAspending.gov mostly are wrong, according to a Sunlight Foundation scorecard, part of the group’s “ClearSpending” project.

The open government group said agencies misreport how they spend nearly every dollar, adding up to a $1.3 trillion distortion.

Kaitlin Lee, senior developer for the Sunlight Foundation, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris to detail the foundation’s findings.

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Lee explained how the Sunlight Foundation conducted its research as well as what’s behind the misreporting: simple incompetence or a deeply broken system?