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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Getting Ready for More

As the outrage over the AIG bonuses continues to fester, and folks being to realize that the payments were in effect “ok’d” by stimulus bill, the Administration appears to be laying the groundwork for the next round of stimulus-linked complaints: contractor fraud, waste, and abuse.

Today, the chief auditor overseeing the stimulus’ cautioned that, "he thinks federal agencies will have great difficulty attracting and hiring enough contract professionals to minimize the risks associated with moving the money fast enough to accomplish the recovery act's goals.”

In both cases, AIG and future abuses, the common link is the general rush our government appears to be in - leaving no time to evaluate soundness of any policy or decision.

Senator Max Baucus hit the nail on the head when he said, “Frankly it was such a rush -- we're talking about the stimulus bill now -- to get it passed, I didn't have time and other conferees didn't have time to address many of the provisions[.]”

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