Senator Tom Coburn (R) – OK requested a Government Accountability Office study of duplicated functions and spending in the Federal Government and SURPRISE!! there are between $100,000,000,000 and $200,000,000,000 in redundant and wasteful spending.
The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances, according to a draft of the report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The full report is now available here. Just a warning: It’s 345 pages because it’s from….the Government.
The report says there are 18 federal programs that spent a combined $62.5 billion in 2008 on food and nutrition assistance, but little is known about the effectiveness of 11 of these programs because they haven’t been well studied.
The report, as Coburn remarked to reporters yesterday, “makes us all look like jackasses.”