Despite mounting a vigorous defense of its earlier count of more than 640,000 jobs credited to the stimulus, even after numerous errors were identified, the Obama administration now is making it easier to give the stimulus credit for hiring. It's no longer about counting a job as saved or created; now it's a matter of counting jobs funded by the stimulus.
That means that any stimulus money used to cover payroll will be included in the jobs credited to the program, including pay raises for existing employees and pay for people who never were in jeopardy of losing their positions.
Of course, if that was the case, the proper way to create counted jobs in this program is to give a dollar to every existent job. This will cause nearly zero extra employment, as employers just use that dollar to pay employees and pocket their own dollar, while creating perhaps more than three hundred million jobs.
The ludicrous manner in which the rule has been changed is vastly more prone to counting dollars "cannibalized" by Ricardian Equivalence.