On April 26, 2017, GAO released its annual report on opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication, and achieve other financial benefits. This report includes 15 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication in government activity, and 14 new areas where the government can avoid costs or increase federal revenue. For example:
Learn more about these examples in the 2017 Annual Report.
In 2017, GAO identified 79 new actions that Congress or federal agencies could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness or achieve financial benefits. Check out GAO’s Action Tracker for a closer look at all the actions GAO has identified.
In total (since 2011), Congress and federal agencies have:
- Addressed 329 actions
- Partially addressed 201 actions
- Not addressed 115 actions
Some actions we’ve identified over the years—still unaddressed—that could each save a billion dollars or more:
- Federal agencies could save over $4 billion by using strategic sourcing (i.e., leveraging the government’s buying power) to procure goods and services. Learn more >
- Limiting or reducing the subsidy that farmers receive to purchase crop insurance could save up to $2 billion a year. Learn more >
- Preventing people from collecting both Disability Insurance benefits and Unemployment Insurance benefits for the same time period could save $1.9 billion. Learn more >
- Medicare could save billions of dollars by equalizing the rates it pays for certain healthcare services (payment rates currently vary by location). Learn more >
- The Internal Revenue Service could save billions of dollars by preventing identity theft refund fraud. Learn more >
- Better oversight of federal IT investments could save billions of dollars. Learn more >