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Stimulus contract: $1,191,200 for 2 pounds of frozen ham (sliced); Update: Million dollar doors?

posted at 11:25 am on July 19, 2009 by

As reported at RedState, it’s all there on the Recovery.gov website.

By Recovery.gov’s ham metric, the stimulus was the equivalent of 1.3 million pounds of pig. And that’s a lot of pork.

Of course this could be an enormous typo, and I’m sure we’ll find out more very soon from the Administration. In the meantime, it’s something — quite literally — to chew on. With 100,000 gallons of orange juice, a million loaves of bread, a few truckloads of potatoes, and syrup.

Update: Phoenician in the comments sheds some light by pointing us to this article. It looks like a typo, but an odd one.

Clougherty Packing of Los Angeles won a $1.2 million contract to provide sliced ham to food banks as part of the Agriculture Department’s emergency food assistance program.

Did each pantry get two pounds of ham?

Update: A $1.4 million door? “Sloppy,” indeed. What good is Recovery.gov if the Administration picks its contract descriptions using a combination of Plinko chips and manatees?

Update: Drudge jumps in and adds yet more incomplete Recovery.gov entries, itself no doubt an incomplete list. The USDA responds here. Apparently the ham contract didn’t pay for two pounds of ham, but 760,000 pounds of it. Where “two pounds” comes from is anybody’s guess [-7/28- or to put it more clearly, it's anybody's guess why Recovery.gov -- whose primary purpose is to enable public oversight of stimulus contracts -- would use language/shorthand ("2 pounds", at which I guessed in an earlier update... the packed portions aren't in question here) in its online contracts that necessitates official departmental press releases for clarification ("760,000 pounds")], but that incident paired with all of the other ones raise some real questions about management and usefulness of the Administration’s multi-million dollar watchdog website. Not that anyone should be surprised.

Update -7/28-: So… what happened with the ham record? Because the link now points to another contract entry — for exactly $1,191,200, no less — for something described as “Shell Eggs.” Is this the same contract, and if so, why the change (without any real clarification)? If it’s a different contract, where’s the ham, and how many other contracts are valued at exactly $1,191,200?

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At least it was sliced ham. You normally have to pay extra for that. We should be grateful that someone in the Obama government did the hard bargaining needed to get our $600,000.00 per pound ham sliced for free.

Doctor Zero on July 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM

They’re mentioned here:
http://www.propublica.org/feature/for-some-stimulus-contractors-a-blemished-past-521

Apparently it’s a typo. They won a contract to provide ham for food banks.

Phoenician on July 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I found another Pork project…CANNED PORK Lakeside Foods in Wisconsin will get 16,784,272 for canned Pork.

http://www.recovery.gov/?q=content/contracts-recipient-summary&id=12-AG3J14120297195&mode=details&primeid=30

hmfearny on July 19, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Clougherty Packing of Los Angeles

Et tu, Farmer John?

Terry_Dyne on July 19, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Where is the line forming?

30′s Bread lines.
70′s Cheese lines.
09′s Ham lines.

This isn’t Kosher.

ericdijon on July 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

ericdijon on July 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I’m laughing like a lunatic.

betsyz on July 19, 2009 at 3:01 PM

it’s bad either way, I suppose – either they’re being paid for nothing, or the recovery site is unreliable.

Phoenician on July 19, 2009 at 3:21 PM

it’s bad either way, I suppose – either they’re being paid for nothing, or the recovery site is unreliable.

Phoenician on July 19, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Yup.

Patrick Ishmael on July 19, 2009 at 4:15 PM

The $600 wrench looks like a friggin’ bargain, no?

Kid from Brooklyn on July 19, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Yes they make Farmer John products but in 2004 they were bought out by Hormel.

The honcho at Hormel was a big Obama donor / bundler and just got an Ambassador appointment from Obama.

CommentGuy on July 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

If it’s a packing plant in Los Angeles you can be certain all the jobs are going to illegals. Your tax dollars at work!

rockmom on July 20, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Whatever the government explanation, the recovery.gov website’s mission of transparency is a failure. Listing a contract price and item description, without quantities or unit prices, is completely worthless.

zerosheep on July 20, 2009 at 1:14 PM

If it’s a packing plant in Los Angeles you can be certain all the jobs are going to illegals.(FUTURE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS) Your tax dollars at work!

rockmom on July 20, 2009 at 9:15 AM

FIFY

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on July 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Where “two pounds” comes from is anybody’s guess, but that incident paired with all of the other ones raise some real questions about management and usefulness of the Administration’s multi-million dollar watchdog RedState and Drudge website.

FIFY

Bill Blizzard on July 20, 2009 at 8:02 PM