Rep. Cory Gardner: “It’s the people’s dollars that we’re dealing with. None of it should be wasted. In this case, it’s obscene.”
As part of its ongoing Washington Watchdog Series, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer last evening featured the Energy and Commerce Committee’s ongoing oversight of the Obama administration’s $7 billion broadband stimulus program. The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), has held a number of hearings examining the programs administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), which have revealed waste in a number of the projects. At the subcommittee’s most recent hearing on this issue, committee members questioned NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling about a program in West Virginia, which a West Virginia Legislative Auditor report estimates wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. Members also questioned Strickling regarding the EAGLE-Net program in Colorado, which the New York Times reported contains waste. Despite mounting evidence however, Strickling defended the program, saying, “There is no real showing of wasted dollars.” In June, Committee leaders requested documents from NTIA regarding the $100.6 million grant to EAGLE-Net. Watch ABC’s report below.
August 27, 2013