Oh, good: Latest GAO report details billions more in wasteful/duplicative spending

posted at 9:21 pm on April 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Those $85 billion in sequester cuts over which the Obama administration has been trying their darndest to whip everyone into a national freakout, insisting that employees will need to be furloughed, air traffic control towers are going to be shut down, and the White House can’t afford historical tours? Practically peanuts compared to the amount of money the federal government drops on redundant and wasteful spending according to the third annual installment of a Government Accountability Office report, says Sen. Tom Coburn:

These are among the findings in a new Government Accountability Office report that found 162 areas where services are duplicated or money is being wasted in the federal government. The annual cost of duplicative or wasteful programs is estimated at roughly $250 billion, according to fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. …

“That’s 250 billion dollars a year, that’s three times what the sequester was,” Coburn said. “Just in waste, in duplication, in stupidity, and lack of efficiency and effectiveness by the federal government. (It) makes you want to pull your hair out.” …

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said there’s nothing partisan about these findings.

“It’s partisan only in the sense that it’s the bureaucracy against the American people. It’s the fiefdoms within government against any kind of real reform,” he said.

And, just to really get you in the headdesk-ing mood, here are some of the specific examples of the areas in which the government just can’t seem to muster the willpower to clean up its act, emphasis mine. You’re welcome.

-Repealing provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill that assigned U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service responsibility for examining and inspecting catfish and for creating a catfish inspection program would avoid duplication of federal programs and could save taxpayers millions of dollars annually without affecting the safety of catfish intended for human consumption.

-Combat Uniforms The Department of Defense’s fragmented approach to developing and acquiring uniforms could be more efficient, better protect service members, and result in up to $82 million in savings in development and acquisition cost savings through increased collaboration among the military services.

-Renewable Energy Initiatives Federal support for wind and solar energy, biofuels, and other renewable energy sources, which has been estimated at several billion dollars per year, is fragmented because 23 agencies implemented hundreds of renewable energy initiatives in fiscal year 2010—the latest year for which GAO developed these original data. Further, the Departments of Energy and Agriculture could take additional actions—to the extent possible within their statutory authority—to help ensure effective use of financial support from several wind initiatives, which GAO found provided duplicative support that may not have been needed in all cases for projects to be built.

As I mentioned yesterday, the GAO also has a new report out on the Obama administration’s many instances of overlap with its wildly generous wind-energy initiatives alone; as Sen. Coburn put it, when it comes to this administration’s handling of green-energy subsidies, “Nobody knows what’s going on there. Not the Department of Energy, all these other 13 other agencies that have these programs. Nobody knows. We’re just throwing money thinking it will stick on the wall.” Oof.


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Coburn is NOT a Limited gov Conservative!

This waste crap just gets 1/2 a day of media attention on the cable shows, people can’t do anything about and they don’t care.

Coburn…..McCain with a medical practice.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

…the MSM will be trumpeting this again!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Oh, good: Latest GAO report details billions more in wasteful/duplicative spending

lolol. Too bad the party of “fiscal discipline” is so fixated on cutting benefits and increasing taxes on the middle class to realize this.

Once again there is a reason why republicans will continue to lose big elections in this country.

HotAirLib on April 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

But Obama won!

LeftCoastRight on April 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Like flying the Barky family on 3 different planes to the same destination?

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Or the 42 personal assistants for Big Grifter? How do you say that, fortytwoplicative spending?

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

HotLips!…there is no third brain cell…is there?

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 9:34 PM

It is a good thing we have 9 different suppliers of pens each filling our full requirements. Safety net and all that. We’ll always be able to sign all those important tax bills that come before us.

Limerick on April 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Coburn… Issa.

I am so finished with those guys, and the multitudes like them. No real commitment. No action. Just posturing and self-serving noise. How’s that F&F thing working out, Daryl? I realize that it is so “last year”, but some of us would still like to see it completed…

bofh on April 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Then there’s the multiple White House event planners, of course they NEED many of them since the parties are almost non-stop; we all have to dig deep and sacrifice.

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Coburn…..McCain with a medical practice.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Are you saying that Coburn is no different than Reid or Schumer? We should get rid of him and keep the other two? You must be one of those conservative pharasees that think unless the politician is perfect (doesn’t always disagree with you on anything) he is no better than the worst crooks in congress – you know, the ones that overtly do the most damage. I guess he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, at least according to you.

Old Country Boy on April 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Coburn… Issa.

I am so finished with those guys, and the multitudes like them. No real commitment. No action. Just posturing and self-serving noise. How’s that F&F thing working out, Daryl? I realize that it is so “last year”, but some of us would still like to see it completed…

bofh on April 9, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Excellent. Sure haven’t seen Coburn and Issa shouting about this stuff. “Oh well we tried.”

arnold ziffel on April 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

It seems to me that the House can withhold funding for lots of things and Obama won’t have any authority to whine about it after these latest cuts. How do you whine about PBS pedophile puppeteers not getting tax money to buy prostitutes when you chose to eliminate air traffic controllers?

Buddahpundit on April 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Wasn’t Preezy so cool at tonights party…?

(tee hee)

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Coburn…..McCain with a medical practice.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

O/T, but, Did you see that they are going to do a ‘locked up abroad’ with John McCain? Hasn’t he received enough from that dead horse already?
He’s practically molding on the senate floor.

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Speaking of SeQuester Collateral Damage,
its a bleed’n shames I tells ya,

the White House Kitchen Staffer,is getting BIONKED,
er,FurLoughed sumpin!

The Associated Press ‏@AP 3h

On the chopping block: White House assistant chef says he will be furloughed: http://apne.ws/14V8Lze
==================================

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/white-house-asst-chef-says-he-will-be-furloughed

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Then there’s the multiple White House event planners, of course they NEED many of them since the parties are almost non-stop; we all have to dig deep and sacrifice.

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Bishop:)

**Puts on Liberal Cap:

Oh C’mon Bishop,the White is losing thier Assisstant Chef,
they are sacrificing……gawd,PU.. L E A S E!!!!
(snark)

canopfor on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

It seems to me that the House can withhold funding for lots of things and Obama won’t have any authority to whine about it after these latest cuts. How do you whine about PBS pedophile puppeteers not getting tax money to buy prostitutes when you chose to eliminate air traffic controllers?

Buddahpundit on April 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

You’re right in the sense that this GAO report is the perfect setup for what will be Continuing Resolution (C/R) fights. The budget process is destined for failure (Kabuki theater mostly unless one party controls the Legislature and White House). Since the budget process will fail, the C/R fight will happen and the GOP, if they have a spine, can use the GAO report to simply defund those parts of the gubermint.

powerpickle on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Uh oh, I guess the White House tours will never resume.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2013 at 10:01 PM

As I mentioned yesterday, the GAO also has a new report out on the Obama administration’s many instances of overlap with its wildly generous wind-energy initiatives alone

Taking care of his buddies and the left roots him on.

CW on April 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Oh, good: Latest GAO report details billions more in wasteful/duplicative spending
lolol. Too bad the party of “fiscal discipline” is so fixated on cutting benefits and increasing taxes on the middle class to realize this.HotAirLib on April 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Can’t wait to hear your take when all the Obamacare taxes and fees hit you.

Once again there is a reason why republicans will continue to lose big elections in this country.

HotAirLib on April 9, 2013 at 9:29 PM

You mean like the historic shellacking of 2010?

hopeful on April 9, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Coburn is NOT a Limited gov Conservative!

This waste crap just gets 1/2 a day of media attention on the cable shows, people can’t do anything about and they don’t care.

Coburn…..McCain with a medical practice.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Coburn sure has been a flake (not unlike Jeff) for the a[pst couple years.

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Step One: furlough any employee of the federal government with ‘diversity’ in their job title. Probably over a thousand positions.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Step One: furlough any employee of the federal government with ‘diversity’ in their job title. Probably over a thousand positions.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Our “diversity officers” are like the old Soviet-era “political officers” ensuring compliance to the dictates of the State.

digitalhap on April 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM

The annual cost of duplicative or wasteful programs is estimated at roughly $250 billion

So, that would be a savings of

$2.5 trillion

over 10 years. I think that both sides should be able to agree that duplicative programs should be axed. And the savings would be about 50% more than the presidents savings in his new “budget”. No need for tax hikes, and we could cut more things that need to be to start paying down the albatross that is hanging around the neck of us and our children.

I’m sorry….that would take someone within the administration actually admitting that we have a spending problem. And we know what the likelihood of that happening is.

Patriot Vet on April 10, 2013 at 7:59 AM

And what will the House in Congress do about it. NOTHING! It’s a joke that Congress doesn’t do a da*n thing to stop wasteful spending. Have you EVER heard one thing the House has done to stop spending based on a report they receive?

karlinsync on April 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM