Monday, February 28, 2011

Federal Government Bloat -- Duh!

I guess we needed a formal study by the Government Accountability Office (GOA) to determine that the federal government has excessive bloat.

The 340-page study "Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue" examines waste in agriculture, defense, economic development, energy, general government, health, homeland security/law enforcement, international affairs, social services, and training/employment/education.

The U.S. government has:

-- 15 agencies overseeing food-safety laws
-- 20+ programs to help the homeless
-- 80 programs for economic development
-- 82 programs to improve teacher quality
-- 80 programs to help disadvantaged people with transportation
-- 47 programs for job training and employment
-- 56 programs to help people understand finances

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), who pushed for the report, estimated it identifies between $100 billion and $200 billion in duplicative spending. The GAO didn't put a specific figure on the spending overlap.

Government and waste are synonymous. Congress and government oversight are an oxymoron.

Now that we have an official report, let's see if anything happens. My guess is nothing. When we do this study again in 20 years, provided we still have this government, what do you bet we find the the problem of waste and bloat to be even greater?

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