If Congress truly wants to save money, it should start asking agencies some tough questions about their improper payments and IT acquisitions, the Government Accountability Office said.
Those were two of Comptroller General Gene Dodaro’s top recommendations for the Senate Budget Committee, which in the days leading up to President Donald Trump’s full budget proposal, reviewed suggestions on “ways to run the government for less.”
Agencies bear their fair share of the blame, but Congress has a role to play in helping agencies clear GAO recommendations, issue fewer improper payments and realize cost savings from better IT decisions.
“In the end, we have to have some systematic way,” said Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) during a May 17 hearing. “There has to be somebody whose job it is, the ‘savings czar’ or something, whose job it is to chase these things on a consistent basis. Otherwise, it’ll just fall down into the netherworld of various agencies.”