Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness
GAO's 2014 Annual Report identified 11 new areas of fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in federal programs and activities. GAO also identified 15 new opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement. Related work and GAO's Action Tracker—a tool that tracks progress on GAO's specific suggestions for improvement—are available here.
- GAO suggests 19 actions to address evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication in 11 new areas across the government missions of defense, health, income security, information technology, and international affairs.
- GAO also presents 45 opportunities for executive branch agencies or Congress to take actions to reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury across 15 areas of government.
Matter for Congressional Consideration
|Congress should consider passing legislation to require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to offset Disability Insurance (DI) benefits for any Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits received in the same period.||
|GAO suggested in April 2014 that Congress consider legislation to require SSA to offset DI benefits by any UI benefits received in the same period. The Double Dip Elimination Act was introduced in the 117th Congress but, as of March 2023, has not been enacted. H.R. 3971, 117th Cong. (2021). If Congress enacted such legislation, the Office of Management and Budget projected that the Social Security Disability Insurance program could save $2.18 billion over 10 years.|
|Unless the Department of Energy (DOE) can demonstrate a demand for new Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loans and viable applications, Congress may wish to consider rescinding all or part of the remaining $4.3 billion in credit subsidy appropriations.||
Closed – Implemented
|In December 2020, Congress passed and the President signed legislation rescinding part of the ATVM program's remaining credit subsidy appropriations, as GAO had suggested in April 2014. Specifically, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 rescinded about $1.9 billion of the ATVM program's remaining $4.3 billion in credit subsidy appropriations (Pub. L. No. 116-260, 134 Stat. 1182, 1367 (Dec. 27, 2020)). Congress now has the opportunity to use the funds for other priorities.|