Well, it's been six years now and it's possible to assess how well President Obama has been in achieving his goal of reforming the federal government.
A USA Today article reports a Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis which reveals how much duplication exists within the federal government's programs. For example:
- AIDs programs for minority communities involve 10 different federal offices.
- Autism research involves 11 agencies.
- Eight agencies in the Department of Defense are searching for prisoners of war and Americans missing in action.
- Eight different satellite control centers are used at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado to control 10 satellite programs.
Beginning in 2008 and ending in 2012, the GAO has identified 162 federal programs marked by fragmentation, duplication, overlap, and inefficiency. In 2013, the GAO added 26 new programs.
In fairness, the U.S. Comptroller General, Gene Dodaro, has reported that the Obama administration has "at least partially implemented" 83% of his agency's recommendations. That's much better than Congress, which has taken up only 52% of his agency's recommendations.
Of course, the bureaucrats--whether in the executive or legislative branch of the federal government--don't believe all duplication is "waste." Conceding that point, The Motley Monk is willing to accept some triplication and, perhaps, even some quadruplication.
Get a load of this: The management of autism research across 11 agencies is necessary. Why? The Department of Health and Human Services believes that multidisciplinary research is often required.
So much for "leaner" and "meaner." The size and cost of the federal government has grown exponentially during the past six years. All of that "Hopium and Changium"--insofar as it concerns the federal government--was nothing but a bunch of malarkey.
The same goes for meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Unless, of course, what President Obama really meant was lowering the nation's unemployment rate by having the federal government hire more personnel to staff all of those positions.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the USA Today article, click on the following link:
"Government Often Has 10 Agencies Doing One Job."