“Supporters of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act said the purpose of this legislation was to create thousands of new jobs across the country,” said Rep. Turner, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. “However, in the case of NCR, stimulus funds may have played a role as part of a package to lure away approximately 2,000 jobs from other states including Ohio. I believe this is an inappropriate use of stimulus funds and violates the spirit of the law.”
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is a cabinet-level office within the Executive Office of the President. OMB is charged with coordinating with federal agencies to report on the use and implementation of federal stimulus funding.
Congressman Turner asked Deputy Director Nabors if this was an appropriate use of federal recovery act dollars. Nabors responded that the use of federal recovery dollars to lure NCR Corporation from Ohio “…is disturbing” and “does not sound like an appropriate use of recovery dollars.”
Congressman Turner and House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio-08) sent a letter to President Obama on June 3, asking if this was an appropriate use of federal recovery act dollars. The Administration has not yet responded to the letter.
“Ohio has faced significant economic challenges with the loss of thousands of jobs across the state. The closure of NCR’s worldwide headquarters represents further economic losses for Ohio and the Miami Valley region. I do not believe backers of the stimulus bill intended to use taxpayer dollars to entice corporations to leave one state in favor of another,” Rep. Turner added.