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Pentagon is on a fire it independent panel discovers the Pentagon squandered away about sixty billion dollars in war contracts.
The amount of depth of this waste is -- staggering.
And tomorrow night you'll be feeling when you see our investigation into this government waste but tonight on the records -- -- Jenkins investigate another part of the GAO report.
We -- guessed it there's even more waste.
-- as we showed our viewers last night this GAO report on waste and duplication.
Could save hundreds of billions of dollars in federal agencies would simply implement the recommendations.
-- night we want to focus on education and job training that -- this report is six months old.
We want to know.
What's being done about it.
For example there 82 separate federal programs to improve teacher quality across ten different agencies -- it's administered.
And it cost a billion dollars a year.
You look further -- you find that quote nine of the 82 programs support improving the quality of teaching.
In science technology engineering and mathematics.
And that these programs are administered across the Department of Education defense.
Energy NASA in the National Science Foundation.
That's four billion dollars for perspective that would give four million students a thousand dollars to -- Georgia college tuition.
Or you can buy 55.
Brand new computers for every elementary and secondary public school in that country with four billion saved.
And on job training.
There are 47.
Job training programs costing taxpayers.
Eighteen billion dollars a year most of them administered by the departments of labor education here behind me.
In the health and human services.
We find also -- 44.
This 47 programs.
Overlap with at least one other program with a similar service such -- job counseling.
Her job searches in how many of those programs were tested for their effectiveness.
Only a handful according to this report.
82 separate teacher training program run by the federal government.
-- 82 separate sets of bureaucracy.
Sent to federal employees.
None of these teacher programs by the way haven't training programs.
Have a metric on him to evaluate whether or not -- successful.
It's not enough to consolidate one or two or three or four programs we need to look at this across agencies and really.
Pair this thing down change the way Washington works chain as a way Washington spends a taxpayer money.
Become more efficient become more responsive when you have that many programs.
None of them are gonna work well somebody else Republican congressman John Kline of Minnesota is the chairman of the house education and workforce committee.
What are you doing now we've had this report for six months -- -- chairman of the house education workforce committee.
What are you -- -- take action to cut some of this waste and save some of these tax dollars.
Well one of the first thing we did when we -- the duplication in the number of good teacher quality programs was look at the number of education's.
Educational programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education -- up behind turns out that there are more than eighty.
Of these programs.
So we introduced legislation -- brought it to the committee has passed the committee to eliminate 42 of those programs.
Some of these programs are clearly redundant some of them haven't been funded some of been funded to to a higher level.
We're just trying to simplify and -- -- up and get rid of some of this -- so we've we were already taken action in the committee will be taken up on the floor of the house here in the upcoming weeks.
To eliminate over half of those programs.
In K12 education.
The GAO as we all recall recently.
Found that billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on duplicative and redundant government programs.
For example the federal government has more than a hundred different programs dealing with surface transportation issues a hundred.
Monitoring teacher quality.
Eighty for economic development 47.
For job training in seventeen different grant programs for disaster preparedness.
I think common sense would tell us that -- that kind of duplicate take duplication and overlap is not efficient and it's not a effective use of taxpayer dollars.
-- 47 programs and job training.
But only five were actually studied for effectiveness.
And it just end up those 47.
Only three of those do not -- allowed.
-- are duplicated other programs so 44 of -- there's some elements of -- -- The report was prepared under the coordination of Patricia Dalton.
Chief operating officer of the GAO duplicates what -- -- -- And they identical -- that's a very high bar.
But overlap means that you're not you may not be doing a 100%.
Of the same thank.
But you might be doing 75%.
Do you need.
Twenty program's doing something very similar -- when we talk about jobs employment and training programs.
There's many programs that are providing job search assistance.
How many of those programs do we need.
You know are they -- you know Friday -- the same people are they trying to achieve the same thing.
You know is it.
Know that the best way to do.
To provide those services.
For the record we extended every invitation to the secretary of education Arnie Duncan or any member of the -- to go on camera with us.
-- explain what actions they're taking.
To address this GAO report or any independent initiatives they may have to save taxpayer dollars and cut waste or duplication.
They made no one available.
Instead they issued -- a statement by the Office of Inspector General here within the Department of Education.
In which they didn't address -- specific questions about the GAO.
But simply acknowledged that they have independent audits themselves.
In -- one is currently going on looking at duplication in high school programs.
But the details and results of that is not yet public we can expected in the coming months.
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