Nearly 600,000 U.S. jobs were funded by Recovery Act money in the final quarter of 2009, according to the Recovery Board that monitors federal stimulus spending.
But that's just the surface of a deeper story.
The somewhat media-shy Chairman of the Recovery Board, Earl Devaney, spoke with CNBC on Monday to provide some depth.
Let's start with the accuracy of the number. Remember phony Congressional districts? Critics should have a difficult time finding that kind of discrepancy this time around.
"I would be naive to think there aren't mistakes. There are things we have not massaged, but I am pretty sure we won't find phantom districts," said Devaney, who poked a little fun at the controversy surrounding the reporting issues last fall. "I don't think they (journalists) are Sherlock Holmes. We are putting it right in front of them."