Congress, want to cut the budget by 100 billion? Start Here

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), issued it first annual report on reducing or eliminating duplication, overlap, or fragmentation in government spending (embedded below).  This particular report identifies areas where adjustments would generate tens of billions of savings, and the GAO did not even examine the entire federal government.

Within and across these missions, this report touches on hundreds of federal programs, affecting virtually all major federal departments and agencies. Overlap and fragmentation among government programs or activities can be harbingers of unnecessary duplication. Reducing or eliminating duplication, overlap, or fragmentation could potentially save billions of tax dollars annually and help agencies provide more efficient and effective services.

The areas identified in this report are not intended to represent the full universe of duplication, overlap, or fragmentation within the federal government. We will continue to identify additional issues in future reports.

Even so, what this report finds is astounding,

In some cases, there is sufficient information available today to show that if actions are taken to address individual issues summarized in this report, financial benefits ranging from the tens of millions to several billion dollars annually may be realized by addressing that single issue. For example, while the Department of Defense is making limited changes to the governance of its military health care system, broader restructuring could result in annual savings of up to $460 million. Similarly, we developed a range of options that could reduce federal revenue losses by up to $5.7 billion annually by addressing potentially duplicative policies designed to boost domestic ethanol production. Likewise, we identified a number of other opportunities for cost savings or enhanced revenues such as reducing improper federal payments totaling billions of dollars, or addressing the gap between taxes owed and paid, potentially involving billions of dollars. Collectively, these savings and revenues could result in tens of billions of dollars in annual savings, depending on the extent of actions taken.

In total the GAO identified 34 areas for cutting including:

  1. The fragmented food safety system
  2. Realigning the military’s medical command
  3. Streamlining 31 agencies that provide for urgent soldier needs
  4. Lack of coordination by counter-improvised explosive devices
  5. Streamlining military intelligence gathering
  6. Avoiding duplicate purchasing of tactical wheeled vehicles
  7. Improve oversight of Defense’ prepositioning and stockpiling programs
  8. Defense business systems can be modernized
  9. The fragmented economic development programs
  10. Federal transportation programs that lack accountability
  11. Duplicative federal effort to provide water to the Mexico border region
  12. Conflicting federal vehicle energy goals
  13. Duplicative ethanol programs
  14. Government IT systems have divergent goals
  15. Duplicative federal data centers
  16. Duplicative contracting agencies
  17. Reviewing tax earmarks
  18. Modernizing health records by Defense and Veterans Affairs
  19. Controlling drug costs by Defense and Veterans Affairs
  20. Integrating public health information systems
  21. Integrating systems against biowarfare
  22. Duplication in securing the northern border
  23. Justice Department explosives investigations
  24. Transportation Security Agency’s assessments of commercial trucking
  25. Homeland Security can streamline information collecting with public transit agencies.
  26. FEMA can improve oversight of grants
  27. Duplicative development efforts in Afghanistan
  28. Overlapping arms control bureaus
  29. Administrative overlap on domestic food assistance
  30. Lack of coordination of federal homelessness programs
  31. Waste in transportation programs for the disadvantaged
  32. Duplication in job training programs
  33. Multiple programs ensuring teacher quality
  34. Fragmented financial literacy programs

You can read more about these 34 items beginning on the 10th page of the report embedded below.

via » GAO Identifies $100 BIL. Savings by Cutting Specific Duplicated & Wasteful Programs – Big Government.

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