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GAO Report on Fraud, Waste, Abuse

GAO Report on Fraud, Waste, Abuse

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Report that shows duplicate and unnecessary programs in govt.
Report that shows duplicate and unnecessary programs in govt.

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2013Annual Report: Actions Needed toReduce Fragmentation,Overlap, andDuplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits 
Report to Congressional Addressees
 April 2013
GAO-13-279SP
United States Government Accountability Office
GAO
 
 Page 1 GAO-13-279SP 2013 Annual Report
United States Government Accountability Office Washington, DC 20548
 April 9, 2013Congressional Addressees As the fiscal pressures facing the nation continue, so too does the needfor executive branch agencies and Congress to improve the efficiencyand effectiveness of government programs and activities. Opportunities totake such action exist in areas where federal programs or activities arefragmented, overlapping, or duplicative. To highlight these challenges andto inform government decision makers on actions that could be taken toaddress them, GAO is statutorily required to identify and report annuallyto Congress on federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives, either within departments or government-wide, that have duplicative goals or activities.
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In light of today’s challenging fiscal environment, we have alsoidentified additional opportunities to achieve greater efficiency andeffectiveness by means of cost savings or enhanced revenue collection.In March 2011, we issued our first annual report in this series, whichpresented 80 areas where opportunities existed for executive branchagencies or Congress to reduce fragmentation, overlap, or duplication;achieve cost savings; or enhance revenue.
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Figure 1 outlines thedefinitions we use for fragmentation, overlap, and duplication for thiswork. In February 2012, we issued our second annual report, whichidentified an additional 51 areas. In these two reports, we have identifieda total of approximately 300 actions that executive branch agencies andCongress could take to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and activities.
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Pub. L. No. 111-139, § 21, 124 Stat. 29 (2010), 31 U.S.C. § 712 Note. See appendix I for the list of congressional addressees for this work.
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In assessing progress on the 81 areas we identified in our 2011 annual report for thisyear’s report, we combined two areas related to the Department of Homeland Security’smanagement of acquisitions (Areas 75 and 76) into one area. Therefore, we areevaluating progress for 80 areas identified in our 2011 annual report and 51 areasidentified in our 2012 annual report. See appendix II for additional information on scopeand methodology.
 
 Page 2 GAO-13-279SP 2013 Annual Report
Figure 1: Definitions of Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication
This third annual report for 2013 identifies an additional 31 areas whereagencies may be able to achieve greater efficiency or effectiveness.Within these 31 areas, we identify 8
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actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to reduce fragmentation, overlap, or duplication, aswell as other cost savings or revenue enhancement opportunities. Inaddition to identifying new areas, we have continued to monitor theprogress executive branch agencies and Congress have made inaddressing the areas we previously identified. With the release of thisreport, we are also concurrently launching 
apublicly accessible website containing the status of actions suggested inour first three reports. The website will allow executive branch agencies,Congress, and the public to track the progress the government is makingin addressing the issues we have identified.Section I of this report presents 17 new areas in which we found evidencethat fragmentation, overlap, or duplication exists among federal programsor activities. Although it may be appropriate for multiple agencies or entities to be involved in the same programmatic or policy area due to the

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