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Investigation: GAO Identifies $47 Billion in Duplicated Services

By Adam Andrzejewski

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Investigation by Adam Andrzejewski originally published by and

The Government Accountability Office found $47 billion in potential savings in its recently released report that showed overlapped and duplicated services.

This annual report has resulted in about $600 billion in financial benefits since 2011, but there is plenty of waste in it that Congress continues to ignore. The most wasteful programs it identified, reforming Medicare payments by place of service, is estimated to save $141 billion over 10 years.

All Congress would have to do to save this money is to direct the Health and Human Services Secretary to equalize payment rates between settings for evaluation and management office visits and other services that the Secretary deems appropriate.

Another easy reform is in the realm of Nuclear Waste Disposal, with GAO estimating adopting alternative approaches to treating a portion of its low-activity radioactive waste could save tens of billions of dollars.

Improving naval acquisition practices, tweaking the Medicare Advantage program, and enhancing IRS enforcement efforts are each expected to save billions of dollars. Numerous other programs have potential savings of multiple millions, making efforts to address these issues well worthwhile given their high dollar amounts.

Unfortunately, Congress has not been eager to solve these problems. Since 2011, GAO has flagged 132 matters for Congress to fix, but only 52 have been addressed. Ten have been closed without being addressed, while 70 remain open.

GAO has done the difficult work of identifying where waste is occurring and how to fix it. Now, it’s up to Congress to step up and do the work of legislating these solutions into law to save taxpayers tens of billions.

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This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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