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Sen. Tom Coburn's report on government waste details spending on 100 government projects, programs and initiatives at a cost of $18 billion. The report also points to potentially systemic issues affecting federal management, such as the lack of strategic sourcing in federal acquisition and the General Services Administration's outdated contract schedules.
Among the report's outline of wasteful spending were more than $35 million in wasteful spending on political conventions, $14 million on an Air Force green construction project that was victim to "poor planning," and $4.68 billion identified by the final report of the Commission on Wartime Contracting on contracting waste in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Office of Personnel Management has created a task force to lead efforts to stop payments to retirees who have died. An inspector general report released Thursday revealed that OPM had paid $601 million in benefits to dead people since 2006.
It's time to drain away unneeded federal regulations. Cass Sunstein, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told Federal News Radio when to expect final plans from executive agencies and how independent regulatory agencies are now getting in on the review process.
In a memo to agency financial managers, Danny Werfel set a July 31 deadline for three broad initiatives to reduce spending. Agency CFOs also must rank their employees' SAVE Award ideas for implementation and begin sharing best practices to root out waste, fraud and abuse.
The President signed an executive order Monday creating an oversight board to identify areas where agencies can eliminate or streamline.
Two senators propose a bill that would cut $5 billion in duplicative and overlapping government programs.