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GOV’T WASTE: Billions Wasted in Duplicate Programs…GAO Finds

Posted by FactReal on March 1, 2011

Last month, the General Accounting Office (GAO) found $18 Billion a year on duplicate, ineffective and fraudulent job training programs.

Today, GAO released a 345-page report exposing more mismanagement of our taxpayer money by government on duplicate or overlapping programs.

WSJ summarized the GAO findings:

1. Food safety: 15 agencies are involved in implementing numerous federal laws.
2. Defense: Numerous redundancies in the purchasing of tactical wheeled vehicles, procurement, and medical costs.
3. Economic development: 80 different programs spread across numerous agencies, often with similar goals.
4. Surface transportation: More than 100 programs run by five divisions within the Department of Transportation deal with surface transportation.
5. Energy: Eliminating duplicative federal efforts to increase ethanol production could save $5.7 billion each year.
6. Government information technology: 24 federal agencies deal with information technology.
7. Health: The Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs could work together – instead of separately – to modernize their electronic health records systems.
8. Homelessness: More than 20 federal programs deal with homelessness.
9. Transportation Security Administration: Assessments of commercial trucking overlap with another federal agency.
10. Teachers: 82 programs that deal with teacher quality, spread across multiple agencies.
11. Financial literacy: 56 programs dealing with financial literacy.
12. Job training: 44 employment and training programs.
Here is the GAO report (PDF).

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), who requested the study, correctly points out this report shows “we could save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars every year without cutting services. And, in many cases, smart consolidations will improve service. GAO has identified a mother lode of government waste and duplication that should keep Congress busy for the rest of the year.”

Sen. Coburn estimates this duplication costs between $100 billion and $200 billion. Here is a summarized estimate.

Suddenly, some Democrats agree “bipartisan” cuts are needed:
(Bet you the Dems’ main target will be the Dept. of Defense)


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