Duplication

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2017

April 2017

GAO’s 2017 annual report identifies 79 new actions that Congress and executive branch agencies can take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government in 29 new areas. Of these, GAO identified 15 areas in which there is evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication.

Congress and executive branch agencies have made progress in addressing the 645 actions that GAO identified from 2011 to 2016. Congressional and executive branch efforts to address these actions over the past 6 years have resulted in roughly $136 billion in financial benefits, of which $75 billion has accrued and at least an additional $61 billion in estimated benefits is projected to accrue in future years. Report


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2016

April 2016

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report.

Media Coverage

Free Beacon: Report: Feds Could Save Hundreds of Billions By Consolidating Duplicative Programs

Washington PostReport says federal fragmentation, overlap, duplication abound

USA Today: Annual waste inventory finds government has money — and ammo — to burn

Federal Times: Senate, House debut GREAT Act to cut federal waste


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2015

April 2015

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report.

Media Coverage

USA Today: U.S. has 42 programs to help you get to the doctor

Federal Times: GAO highlights billions of dollars in wasteful programs


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2014

April 2014

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report.  

Media Coverage

The Fiscal Times: $45 Billion Wasted in Redundant Federal Programs: GAO 

Information Week: Most Wasteful Government Tech Projects Of 2014

The Washington Times: ‘Redundant’ spending claim on autism research stirs outrage


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2013

April 2013

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report

Media Coverage

Daily CallerCoburn: GAO report reveals $95 billion in government overlap

Fox News: From catfish inspection to job training, study finds dozens of overlapping federal programs


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2012

February 2012

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report

Media Coverage

Washington PostGAO: Overlapping government programs cost billions

Fox News: Report: Government wasting 'tens of billions' of dollars annually on duplication, overlap

Daily Caller: GAO finds billions of dollars in redundant gov’t programs 

Forbes (Opinion): Slash Federal Spending: GAO Details Waste, Inefficiency and Duplication (Again)


 

GAO Duplication Annual Report 2011

March 2011

The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long-term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Report

Media Coverage

BloombergU.S. Auditors Say Duplicate Programs Cost Billions

CNN MoneyU.S. bureaucracy wastes billions, watchdog says

Food Safety News: GAO Report Calls for Single Food Safety Agency

Fox News: GAO Report Shows Redundancies and Red Tape Within Department of Transportation