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Recipients of federal stimulus dollars have overstated the number of jobs created or saved in Georgia by more than 1,500, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of public records.
Whitley said the formula federal officials told him to use for calculating jobs is “convoluted.”
“I called Washington. And I talked to a young man up there and he seemed as confused as I was,” Whitley said, “but he was at the help desk. ... He said, ‘I would put the number of people who got the raise.’ And that is what I did.”
Federal officials have said since the jobs information was posted last month that they don’t believe it is 100 percent accurate. They said they released it to the public to make the spending as transparent as possible. They have asked the public to point out any errors and help police the spending.