Drug Policy

White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists


If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered. In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012, the OMB sent a detailed report to Congress in September 2012. But there's a small problem with the report: One of the cuts it warns against would affect an agency that no longer exists–and didn't exist when the OMB sent its report to congress. 

The first line item on page 121 of the OMB's September 2012 report says that under sequestration the National Drug Intelligence Center would lose $2 million of its $20 million budget. While that's slightly more than 8.2 percent (rounding error or scare tactic?), the bigger problem is that the National Drug Intelligence Center shuttered its doors on June 15, 2012–three months before the OMB issued its report to Congress. 

Here's a screenshot of the OMB's report: 

Here's a screenshot of the DOJ website's announcement that the NDIC had closed: 

Might there be other errors in the OMB's report?

UPDATE: Several people have pointed out that the NDIC's responsiblities and budget were absorbed by the DEA. This is only partially true, as the NDIC's pre-closure budget was $20 million, and the DEA requested only $8 million to absorb some of the department's employees. But the real issue is still the same: The OMB report lists the NDIC as its own division under "Department of Justice, General Administration," which is false. The center no longer exists, even if some of its responsiblities are being done by the DEA. 

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  1. I dunno, are outright lies actually errors?

    1. just as Alan implied I am in shock that any body can profit $6783 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this web page… http://www.youtube.com.qr.net/kaaS

    2. Only if your name is Lefty.

  2. Oh great. Now the bureaucracy has gotten so complex they can’t keep track of all the agencies. I wonder if they even have an accurate count of Federal employees or if we are truly entering Greece territory here.

    Also, how did I never know there was an agency with the acronym ‘in-dick’.

  3. Just because it’s closed doesn’t mean it doesn’t get funding any more. I’m sure BO found something to use that $20M on off the books.

    1. It’s going to turn out someday that most agencies only existed on paper.

      1. It reminds me of Marla Singer posing as the caretaker for a woman who had died years before so she could eat her meals on wheels.

        1. Wouldn’t it be funny if it turned out that we really do live in Libertopia and that the government is just a complete scam? Not in the sense that we usually mean it around here, but in the sense that it mostly doesn’t exist at all.

          1. Well, a guy just got imprisoned for insulting a judge online, so I don’t think this is Libertopia…

            1. No, it’s just a joke. He can leave whenever he wants.

              1. Look at that smirk on his face in the booking photo. He knows he’s getting a huge payoff for his part in all this.

          2. That money they delete from my paycheck, is that imaginary too?

            1. No, silly, that goes to the guys running the scam.

              1. It’s true, I’d rather have them burn the money than spend it on the ‘National Drug Intelligence Center’. But on the other hand it would be still better if they’d let me keep it.
                What’s the point of having an imaginary government if it still takes 25% of your paycheck?

                1. There is no point for us, but the guys running the scam are freaky rich.

            2. That money they delete from my paycheck, is that imaginary too?

              When you get right down to it, all money issued by the Fed is imaginary.

      2. If only that could come true.

      3. It would certainly help explain how practically all pols become filthy rich once in office.

    2. It is getting funding.

      Remember that 2012 appropriations bills were never actually passed by congress, just continuing resolutions that continue 2011 spending. So anything that was getting funding in 2011 is getting funding now, even if it was killed in 2012.

      The money in question is called an unobligated balance. Basically the government has the money, but doesn’t have permission to spend it on anything, so it just sits around in accounts. There’s actually almost $703 billion of money in the Treasury right now.

  4. I would ask, where is the $20 mil?

    1. There you go again, asking reasonable questions.

    2. We have a judge in Indiana that wants to talk to you.

    3. Be careful what you ask for about, you just might get regret it.

  5. God damnit.
    Keep this up and pretty soon dead people won’t be able to collect Social Security checks any more either.

    1. Will they still be able to vote?

      1. Sure, disenfranchise brave Americans who died for their country. You make me sick.

  6. That office is on double-secret sequestration.

  7. At this point I’m not convinced that this is an error. There probably is money appropriated for this agency. Welcome to USA.

  8. Sequestration tachyons?

  9. I’m more shocked there’s a government agency that actually closed down than by a “mistake” in a report.

    1. My reaction exactly. That is the newsworthy item. Honestly, how did this happen?

      1. Yes this. My secondary reaction is to sigh and shake my head, yet one more meaningful story and nobody in the mainstream media cares. Nobody presses the WH. Red team will take office and I will be horribly disappointed as I watch liberty shrink, but at least the media will start asking questions again after an 8 year vacation.

  10. The NDIC, huh?

    I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that whole “agency” was exposed as nothing more than a taxpayer-funded shell operation for Congressman Murtha’s re-election campaigns.

    A beautiful office-park of federal droids doing make-work and giving contracts to made-up companies, whose employees then turned around and gave generously to Murtha’s campaigns and PAC.

    In other words, the poster boy for what politicians mean when they say “targeted investments” and “critical economic development.”

    I know Murtha’s dead, but I’m still shocked they got rid of this agency.

    1. Yes, that was Murtha’s earmark.

      But hey, haven’t we all noticed how drug intelligence has declined since the center closed? Clearly, we are headed for a Mad Max-like existence with more cuts like these.

      1. Mad Max didn’t undergo compulsory groping by the TSA.

  11. No, you are missing the big picture..it’s even worse than that! If the NDIC no longer exists, then some other deserving agency will loose what they are scheduled to lose PLUS the NDIC’s $2 million cut (in future increases)
    Oh, the humanity!

    1. You just don’t understand the subtle nuances of the neo-Keynesian inter-governmental agency multiplier.

      You think economics is about production and trade, but that’s why you haven’t achieved a government office with a dedicated workforce of unionized assistant pencil pushers to lick your boots. If you want to make it in this world, you have to understand the nuances of the means by which profligate spending leads to national prosperity.


  12. Makes you wonder if the Department is still being funded. I wonder where the $20B is going?

  13. Surprise, surprise, not even the government knows what operates and what does not. If this is not an indictment on the size of government we are in big trouble.

  14. my roomate’s step-mother makes 70 every hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for 9 months but last month her pay check was 14503 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here’s the site to read more and go to tech tab.

    1. Problem being, those currency units are not USD, but they are Zimbabwean dollars.

  15. A federal program was shut down!!!! I don’t believe it.

  16. I love it! What happened to telling the truth? They took an obsolete government agency list and allocated cuts in random, which means the list itself is pure fabrication…

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