Program Duplication Report: Should Scientists Analyze Toy Guns?

In presenting 66 actions agencies or Congress could take to reduce program duplication and fragmentation, the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday placed most of the onus for achieving new efficiency on the legislative branch.

“Where there has been good progress, it took congressional action to achieve savings, even though agencies are moving in the right direction,” Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said as he presented GAO’s fifth annual report on duplication to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We need legislation even though there are entrenched constituencies because the problems need more visibility.”

Curbing overlap is “mainly consistent with what agencies facing tight budgets want to do,” and the rate of implementation is 40 percent on changes that affect one agency, but only 25 percent on proposals that require multiple agencies to help, Dodaro said.

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