Thursday, May 28, 2015

U.S. Interests Section: No. 13 in spending

See interactive chart
U.S. Interests Section spending ranks 13th among American embassies in the Western hemisphere for fiscal year 2015, which ends Sept. 30.
Embassies spending the most so far this year are Lima, at $2,500,128; Mexico City, at $2,159,152; and Panama City, at $1,918,051, records show.
Santo Domingo is 5th at $1,136,915. I'd expect Havana to vault past that number in the next couple of years.
These spending figures are based on numbers that the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, or WHA, has reported to the Federal Data Procurement System. Not included here is $12,921,058 in WHA Office of Acquisition Management spending. I would imagine that some of the funds from that pool of money wind up in Havana.
See interactive bubble chart
One other note: Not appearing here is Santiago, Chile. The embassy there reported spending $232,392.80. It all looks pretty routine. But then there's a massive additional transaction in the amount of -$8,799,086.84, money evidently returned to "gasoline stations with convenience stores" on Nov. 4, 2014. I didn't include Santiago in the chart because the graphic - with the $8 million-plus negative bar - would have taken up twice the space.

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