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Under the direction of Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, the GAO has put out an epic 345-page report on government waste [PDF].The most provocative part is a litany of agencies and programs that are seen as overlapping.
The following summary comes from the WSJ. Reduce each set of bureaucracy to one, and we can axe around 500 institutions. If that’s unrealistic, then how about we get rid of half:
- 15 agencies that implement food-safety laws
- 80 agencies that help disadvantaged people with transportation
- 24 federal agencies dealing with information technology
- 80 economic development programs, including 52 devoted to entrepreneurial efforts
- More than 100 programs to deal with surface transportation, run by five divisions within the Department of Transportation
- Over 20 federal programs to deal with homelessness
- 82 programs that deal with teacher quality, spread across multiple agencies
- 56 programs dealing with financial literacy
- 47 programs for job training and employment
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