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The government buys a huge range of products and services, from military aircraft to common office supplies. We looked at how 7 leading companies manage procurement, and whether the federal government follows similar practices.
Army Corps of Engineers received DOD and other funds to construct barriers on the southwest U.S. border. With tight time frames to award some of the DOD-funded construction contracts, the Corps:
Awarded $4.3 billion in noncompetitive contracts.
Did you know that GAO saved a record $214.7 billion for taxpayers in FY 2019? That's a return of about $338 for every dollar of our budget. We did it by recommending such things as preventing payment errors, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs, and preventing fraud.
Since 1980, weather disasters in the U.S. have caused more than $1.6 trillion in damage. Weather disasters, and federal spending on them, are expected to increase due to climate change, as our High Risk List indicates.
The 2017 hurricane season was among the most devastating on record:
Harvey dropped over 50 inches of rain.
Irma was the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, with peak winds of 185 miles per hour.
Maria knocked out power grids in Puerto Rico and St. Croix.