February 28, 2011

LOW-HANGING FRUIT:

Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway (DAMIAN PALETTA, 2/28/11, WSJ)

The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development.

These are a few of the findings in a massive study of overlapping and duplicative programs that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new Government Accountability Office report to be released Tuesday.

The report from the nonpartisan GAO compiles a list of redundant and potentially ineffective federal programs, and it could serve as a template for lawmakers in both parties as they move to cut federal spending and consolidate programs to reduce the deficit.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2011 9:01 PM
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