In its report to the federal government last month, the [California] Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported saving 18,229 correctional officer jobs since May by using the stimulus money to pay their salaries as the state struggled with a massive budget deficit.Perhaps. Unless the formula is part of the problem.
State Auditor Elaine Howle questioned the total. The department is planning about 5,000 layoffs, less than a third of the jobs it claims to have saved.
The remaining 13,229 jobs appear never to have been in danger, Howle said in a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders.
"It appears that Corrections simply reported how many correctional officers' salaries were paid with Recovery Act funding, regardless of whether these positions were truly at risk of being eliminated without federal funding," she wrote.
The state auditor's finding reflects broader concerns about how the federal government is tracking the $787 billion stimulus package and determining how many jobs across the country were saved or created. Corrections Undersecretary Mary Fernandez defended the department's calculations.
"We followed the federal formula," she said.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Fuzzy Math Update
The Administration's inflated tally of stimulus-package jobs is increasingly unreliable: at least 90,000 of the 640,000 jobs claimed are phony. The Associated Press detailed the latest leakage: