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Waste Watch: Billions of Dollars in Federal Funding Unaccounted For -- Erika Kurre

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Nashville, TN - Billions of dollars in taxpayer money unaccounted for.
A government website created for transparency not telling you where your money is being spent.

The White House budgeting office tells Fox 17 the mistakes listed in the 46-page audit have been corrected.
But the fact that several agencies either didn't report or were late reporting their spending is sending a message some aren't happy with.

The audit by the Government Accountability Office found several agencies that are supposed to record where the money is going on failed.

The biggest offenders are the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Between the two agencies alone, more than 607-billion dollars wasn't accounted for.

Congressman Marsha Blackburn says, "People want to know who's receiving this money?  Who's contracting with the federal goverment?  And what is their tie to the federal government?"

Altogether, 619-billion dollars spent couldn't be found on the site Which was created under the 2006 federal transparency law.

In a written statement, as stated in the report, the White House Office of Management and Budget tells Fox 17 that after the GAO "notified agencies of the unreported programs, many subsequently reported them."

But for some, it's too little too late.

Taxpayer Davie Shoemaker says, "I think it kind of proves that somebody somewhere doesn't care or is being foolish or irresponsible one way or another."

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R) TN says, "What we're beginning to see is what some of us have been saying for a long time-- these agencies are not good stewards of their money."

Since the audit, ownership of the website has been transferred to the Treasury department, which is planning to re-launch a new version next year.
The White House tells Fox 17 that there is currently no spending gap on the site.