Too Many Cooks Spoil the Pot

February 17, 2011 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

Heard of the old “department of redundancy department”? Stay tuned for a huge Government Accountability Office report slated next month on federal government duplication.

To meet the requirements of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-139), the GAO is required to “conduct routine investigations to identify programs, agencies, offices and initiatives with duplicative goals and activities within departments and governmentwide and report annually to Congress on the findings, including the cost of such duplication and with recommendations for consolidation and elimination to reduce duplication identifying specific rescissions.”

Jeanette Franzel, managing director of financial management and assurance at GAO, told the Association of Government Accountants’ National Leadership Conference today that the report is “basically a performance audit of the entire federal government.” Expected to be issued March 1, the report likely will be more than 300 pages.

“This will be a treasure trove of information that will probably be used for congressional oversight going forward,” she said.

Where have you seen duplication and fragmentation in federal programs? What ideas can you share to improve program structure?


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