GAO Report Shows Billions Spent on Duplicative Programs

The General Accounting Office released a report Tuesday detailing billions of dollars in duplicative federal programs. According to the 345-page report, there are dozens of overlapping government programs in defense, transportation, education and other areas that could be consolidated to save taxpayers money.

The report points out that there are 18 different federal food and nutrition programs that do essentially the same thing. And the report said not enough is known about the effectiveness of the programs.

The report also said reform of U.S. ethanol incentives could save the government $5.7 billion per year. In addition, GAO says reducing some farm program payments could result in substantial savings. The report shows tax dollars could be saved with strengthened oversight of farm program payments.



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