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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

I am concerned with how much money the “TIGER team” will keep in the DOT’s budget and how much will actually be sent to the states. When you dump a bunch of money into a government agency and tell them to spend it, there is a temptation to spend on spending. If it takes money to make money, then it stands to reason it costs money to spend money. I have seen first hand the creativity used to justify spending my tax dollars on questionable goods and services. How much of a cut will the DOT take to “. . .  make sure that DOT’s portion of recovery funding goes out to states and localities . . .

Charities are often rated on how much of each dollar donated actually goes to help the cause for which it was intended. Will this information be available to the taxpayer?

February 04, 2009

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Creates Team to Coordinate DOT Role in Economic Recovery

Today I announced the creation of a new team at DOT to coordinate the Department’s role in President Obama’s economic recovery program.

The team, known as the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) team, is composed of officials from across the Department’s operating administrations and offices.  I created the TIGER team to make sure that DOT’s portion of recovery funding goes out to states and localities as quickly as possible in order to immediately create jobs and strengthen our economy and transportation system.  The team is co-chaired by Lana Hurdle, deputy assistant secretary for budget and programs, and Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy.

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Bad News

Like “Man Bites Dog,” there are some headlines that seem to grab my attention. Here is one I came across this morning on the MSNBC Top Stories as of 12:37 a.m. Sat., Feb 7, 2009. Glad to see someone at Americas #1 News Site has a sense of humor, but I suspect some negative reinforcement *will be  has been meeted out. 

FDA: Peanut plant knew goods were bad

Federal health officials say the Georgia peanut plant at the center of the salmonella outbreak knowingly shipped tainted products.

* While I was posting this, the headline changed to “FDA: Peanut plant knowingly sent bad products.”

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