On today’s anniversary of the federal economic stimulus law, MainJustice.com, quoting ProPublica.com, says the Justice Department has spent 37 percent of the more than $4 billion it was given and is processing an additional 61 percent. Justice’s percentage of funds either spent or in process was a larger percentage than all but one of the 27 departments and agencies studied by ProPublica.
Only the National Endowment for the Arts – which has allocated all of its $50 million – reported a larger percentage. The law gave $2.7 billion to the Office of Justice Programs; $1 billion to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program; $225 million to the Office on Violence Against Women; and $10 million to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. As part of a “road tour,” Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday will attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Commencement Ceremony in Charlotte; officers hired through COPS will be graduating.