Senator Enzi: Government Needs to Spend More Wisely

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At a recent hearing on the annual release of the U.S. Government Accountability Office's duplication report, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming highlighted housing duplication as an example of a lack of accountability in the federal government.

According to Enzi, this is just one example of duplication in the federal government which leads to overspending and unaccountable actions. He is trying to find ways to improve the efficiency of federal agencies and save taxpayer money.

Every year, the GAO releases its annual report on opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap and duplication in federal programs – as well as opportunities to save money and increase revenue. But according to Gene Dodaro, the comptroller general of the United States and head of the U.S. GAO, there is no mechanism to ensure that the agency act on their recommendations to save the government money and make it more efficient.

When asked by Enzi what can be done to improve efficiency in federal agency spending, Dodaro said there needs to be a fundamental shift in the culture of government. Dodaro said rigorous congressional oversight is the only thing he has found to be successful. He said we need to force federal agencies to explain why they fail to take action on some GAO recommendations.

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