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February 28, 2012

Annual GAO Report Exposes More Duplication in the Federal Budget, Less Responsibility Coming Out of Washington

"The 2012 GAO duplication report reviews 51 areas of government spending..."

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  • Support to Private Sector on Green Buildings.  There are 94 federal initiatives to encourage “green building” in the private sector, all run by 11 different federal agencies.
  • Diesel Emissions.  There are 14 programs and three tax expenditures that sole or joint purpose is to reduce diesel emissions.  Thirteen of the programs provide grants and one is a loan program. GAO also identified three tax expenditures that provide incentives for owners and operators of diesel engines and vehicles.
  • Overseas Defense Posture. Approximately 400,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are stationed overseas on a given day. However at least half of these military service members are in nations other than Iraq and Afghanistan.   GAO recommends re-examining our overseas deployments to nations such as South Korea and Japan as well as territories such as Guam.

Excerpts

“This report identifies government duplication, overlap, and fragmentation as well as other cost savings and revenue enhancement opportunities. Its findings involve a wide range of government missions and touch virtually all major federal departments and agencies.”

“Duplication occurs when two or more agencies or programs are engaged in the same activities or provide the same services to the same beneficiaries. In many cases, the existence of unnecessary duplication, overlap, or fragmentation can be difficult to estimate with precision due to a lack of data on programs and activities.”

“We have found that agencies can often realize a range of benefits, such as improved customer service, decreased administrative burdens, and cost savings from addressing the issues we raise in this report.”



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