March 7, 2011 Leave a comment
Last week’s release of the 300+ page GAO report on redundant government programs is another reminder of the fact that we have known for a long time. There is a substantial amount of duplicative efforts and programs in the U.S. Government budget. The report noted duplication in scores of programs such as small business innovation programs, minority business support, and military vehicle procurement to name a few.
Why can’t the Congress require a full-up review of these programs? I would suggest reverting back to a zero-based budget, updated yearly. I think that this would root out the duplication and force the Government Program Managers to show the return on investment of all programs above a certain dollar threshold. In addition, the evaluation of duplication can then be easily accomplished by the Congressional Budget Office.
One more time: How can we move ahead with reducing Government program duplication. Zero-based budgeting should be welcomed back!