ProJo Comments on RI Invisible Districts
We weren’t sure who to call to clarify the confusion.
“We do not know who represents the 86th and 5th Congressional Districts,” Governor Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe told Political Scene with a chuckle. “Unfortunately, I don’t have those phone numbers for you.”
The phantom districts here and elsewhere were part of a national embarrassment for the Obama administration that was ultimately attributed to a glitch in the reporting system. Virtually all data on the site are posted by grant recipients, which range from state governments to universities to private contractors.
The Obama Administration’s Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, at the direction of the Office of Management and Budget, investigated and adjusted the figures for several states late in the week.
Congressional District 5 was actually a company headquartered in Massachusetts’ 5th District doing work in Rhode Island, according to the governor’s office. District 00 represents money entered by the state reflecting crime victim compensation funding and a security grant.
And 86 “appears to be the Providence Housing Authority,” Kempe told Political Scene. “We don’t know how or why that happened,” she said.
Just clerical errors. I’m sure that’ll never happen with government run health care.