With the result:
- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned the government in 1996 that domestic airlines could be targeted by terrorists without better passenger screening. That was 5 years before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
- 63 GAO recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs were ignored between 2000 and 2010. In addition, a 2012 recommendation that the VA take action to "ensure reliable measurement of veterans' wait times for medical appointments" was ignored until 2014, when it was revealed that VA hospitals had secret waiting lists in order to obscure patients' real wait times.
- In 1998, the GAO found 20k individuals receiving food stamps from more than 1 state through fraud. The recommendation that a national system to monitor the food stamp program has yet to be implemented.
- Since 1991, the GAO has issued 266 recommendations to the Internal Revenue Service--including measures to stop major tax fraud--that have not been implemented.
- Of all federal agencies, the Department of Defense has ignored the most recommendations, followed by the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the Washington Examiner, there is a total of 8,899 GAO recommendations for improving government operations that federal agencies have ignored. The oldest recommendation that has not been implemented dates back to 1982, involving the Air Force and excessive overtime pay.
So much for the federal bureaucracy's "responsiveness." Even with so-called "conservatives" in charge of the legislative branch of the federal government, any guess about whether they will confront this behemoth?
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Washington Examiner article, click on the following link:
"U.S. agencies ignore thousands of suggestions to cut waste, stop fraud."