Justice Leads Cabinet Departments In Stimulus Spending Percentage


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.

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