Rep. Gardner Announces Resolution to Tackle Duplicative Programs and Govt. Waste

WASHINGTON D.C. – Government redundancies cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year, and a new report from the Government Accountability Office details just how bad the waste has become.  In response, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) plans to introduce a resolution within the week that will force congressional committees to hold hearings on duplicative programs that fall under their jurisdiction. 

“The amount of waste perpetrated by the federal government is mind boggling and has gone largely unchecked for far too long – enough is enough – we need to dig into why there are so many different programs doing the same thing and whether or not they need to be eliminated or combined,” Rep. Gardner said. 

Congress requires the GAO to provide an annual report detailing duplicative and wasteful programs across the federal government.  Rep. Gardner’s plan is to likewise require hearings on these programs within 90 days of the publication of each new report. 

According to the most recent report, the U.S. government has more than 100 programs dealing with surface transportation issues with the overlap costing $58 billion annually.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are 82 programs monitoring teacher quality, 80 for economic development, 47 for job training, 20 devoted to homelessness and 17 different grant programs for disaster preparedness.  The list goes on and on. 

Rep. Gardner emphasized that while hearings are a good first step, he ultimately hopes they will lead to legislation making government functions more streamlined. 

Click here to read the GAO’s report.

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Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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