Jessica Lucas-Judy, director of Strategic Issues at GAO, discusses the latest Duplication & Cost Savings report, and 68 new ways the federal government could save money by eliminating redundancies.
One of the fastest ways to eliminate waste in government is to prevent agencies from making redundant spending choices. Every year, the Government Accountability Office releases recommendations that target these redundancies. The latest GAO report indicates that the government saved $178 billion over the last seven years by addressing these proposed actions. This new report adds 68 actions, which GAO says could save tens of billions of dollars in the long term. “One of the ones that has the biggest dollar impact is in the management of nuclear waste,” said Jessica Lucas-Judy, director of Strategic Issues at GAO. “We found that Congress could give the Department of Energy additional authority to treat waste at its Hanford site in Washington… They could do that using a process called grouting, which is basically encasing it in a concrete-like substance… if they had the authority to use grouting, which they’ve used at one of their other sites, it’s a lot cheaper, and it reduces the risk of having the waste sitting around.”