Waste in Government

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Submitted By jerayp
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Jeray Perkins
Waste in Government
July 4, 2014

Introduction
The way the government spends the tax payer’s dollars and the way that they operate using Americans tax dollars is a controversial topic in the United States. Americans have a sometimes misplaced distrust in the way our Government spends and manages money for programs. The perception of waste and governmental inefficiency has led to a call for reform in most governmental activities. While the public may believe that there is wide spread fraud and intentional waste, I have a very different view as it pertains to governmental money management. In this paper we will discuss the inefficiencies of the federal government and some of the root issues to the problem that is governmental waste.
GAO Report and Overlap The United States Governmental Accountability Office release a transparent report in efforts to recognize some of the spending concerns that are currently happening across governmental offices. The dissection of these programs ranged from Agriculture to Training Employment and Education. While reading through the GAO report I found a few common themes. Duplication being at the very forefront of governmental agencies and by duplication I mean two or more departments involved with these same tasks USDA are two programs where we see some overlap in their functions. According to the GAO report the USDA is responsible for catfish but the FDA is responsible for seafood. The fact that we have two very similar agencies involved in seafood, appears to be an extremely wasteful environment for the money the government receives from tax payers. Furthermore, communication across governmental departments can be a detriment to these organizations behaving competently. In the GAO report it was stated that the Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security does not notify FDA or USDA when imported food has…...

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