A new report from the Government Accountability Office highlights numerous duplicated programs within federal agencies, including surface transportation and U.S.-Mexico border-region water infrastructure. The report, released on Feb. 28, was requested by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who attached an amendment to last year’s debt-limit vote directing GAO to conduct an annual review of redundant federal programs. Coburn says the new report will be helpful as Congress debates budget and appropriations measures. He says, “GAO has identified a mother lode of government waste and duplication that should keep Congress busy for the rest of the year.” In the introduction to the
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