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 Patrick Ishmael
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: 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?