ABSTRACT

2016 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, Report to Congressional Addressees   [open pdf - 5MB]

"The federal government continues to face an unsustainable long- term fiscal path based on the imbalance between federal revenue and spending, primarily driven by changing demographics and rising health care costs. Addressing this imbalance will require long- term changes to both spending and revenue and difficult fiscal policy decisions. Significant action to mitigate this imbalance must be taken soon to minimize the disruption to individuals and the economy. In the near term, however, Congress and executive branch agencies can act to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs and activities. Opportunities to take action exist in areas where federal programs or activities are fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative. To call attention to these opportunities, Congress included a provision in statute for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to identify and report to Congress on federal programs, agencies, offices, and initiatives--either within departments or government-wide--that have duplicative goals or activities. As part of this work, we also identify additional opportunities to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness that result in cost savings or enhanced revenue collection. [...] This report is our sixth in the series, and it identifies an additional 37 areas where a broad range of federal agencies may be able to achieve greater efficiency or effectiveness. For each area, we suggest actions that Congress or executive branch agencies could take to reduce, eliminate, or better manage fragmentation, overlap, or duplication, or achieve other financial benefits. In addition to identifying new areas, we have continued to monitor the progress Congress and executive branch agencies have made in addressing the areas we previously identified."

Report Number:
GAO-16-375SP
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Date:
2016-04
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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