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The Defense Department can’t keep track of its property, the Internal Revenue Service is struggling to keep up with identity frauds, and there aren’t enough employees to meet the mission of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Government Accountability Office’s sixth annual report on “fragmentation, overlap and duplication,” put the spotlight once again on the DoD, Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human Services for the “significant opportunities for cost savings and revenue enhancement [that] exist in these three areas.”

“In this report, we present 92 new actions that Congress or executive branch agencies could take to improve the government’s efficiency and effectiveness or achieve financial benefits across 37 areas that span a broad range of government missions and functions,” the GAO stated in its report. “Of these, we suggest 33 actions to address 12 areas in which we found evidence of fragmentation, overlap, or duplication in government missions such as defense, economic development, health, homeland security and information technology.”

Officials from those three agencies appeared April 13 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where they were questioned on everything from acquisition to “zero” improper payments.

The hearing “sets a benchmark every year for us to look at whether it’s a high watermark or a low watermark,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). “We’ll leave that up for debate for another day, but in doing that, we need to set that standard for each one of you. I would hope that next year that it’s not the same three agencies that are here.”

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