The White House claims that "Both programs lack rigorous performance metrics and evaluation efforts so the benefits are unclear."
Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics debates that conclusion over at Treehugger:
"This work meant 16,012 jobs (a job being one full time equivalent job for one year...the same way they are counting jobs for the Stimulus Program). The cost per job created? $13,780.
This compares with the White House announcement that the Stimulus Package is creating one job for every $248,000. Whose program is helping the economy?"