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Topic - Rickey Hass
The government's fiscal watchdogs have identified more than $5.8 billion in problematic stimulus spending, a figure that dwarfs the election-year statistics the Obama administration is using to tout the integrity of the president's signature economic recovery program, a Washington Guardian review of investigative reports has found.
"It was a large amount of funds the department was provided with," said Rickey Hass, the deputy inspector general for audits and inspections at the Energy Department where more than $1 billion has been questioned by auditors and congressional overseers. "Dealing with that was trying to hook a garden hose to a fire hydrant. It was difficult to put that money through the existing infrastructure."