CAGW REACTS TO GAO REPORT ON GOVERNMENT WASTE | Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW REACTS TO GAO REPORT ON GOVERNMENT WASTE

Press Release



For Immediate Release

Contact: Leslie Paige  202.467.5334 
March 1, 2011Luke Gelber  202.467.5318

 


(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today issued a statement expressing its support for the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report on duplicative or wasteful federal programs. 


The report, titled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue,” identifies 34 agencies, offices, and initiatives that provide similar or identical services to the same populations, along with 47 programs that are either wasteful or inefficient.  It includes 18 nutrition and food assistance programs, 47 job retraining programs, and 80 economic development programs, along with $77 billion of waste at the Department of Defense and $125 billion in improper payments by government agencies, among many others.


“We consider this report further proof that eliminating government waste can be done without a fine-toothed comb,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.  “Every single proposition in this report should be enacted immediately.”


Despite its enthusiasm, CAGW was quick to point out that much of the waste highlighted by the GAO has been obvious for many years, but that Congress has done little to address the problems.  


“While it is gratifying to have a nonpartisan government oversight entity endorse so many of the cuts and consolidations we support, Congress cannot claim ignorance of these duplicative, bloated programs.  One of the most absurd examples is the 56 programs in 20 different agencies promoting financial literacy, while the government itself is on the verge of bankruptcy,” added Schatz. 


“The GAO has long published annual accounts of improvident spending, and many of its most recent recommendations were part of both former Senator Fred Thompson’s 2001 ‘Government at the Brink’ report as well as the original Grace Commission report, which led to CAGW’s founding 27 years ago.  Since then, CAGW has been fighting to eliminate duplication and waste by publishing its Congressional Pig Book and Prime Cuts database.  More than a million taxpayers have joined us.  Only Congress has stood in our way,” Schatz concluded.   


Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

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