Government officials are always saying that they just can’t cut the budget. Politicians claim anyone that suggests it must be the devil, a racist, Hitler & so on. I’ve found a simple way to cut the budget tomorrow. Below is a list of government waste, fraud & abuse. Very simply, every department goes through an audit every year & money misspent gets deducted from the current operating budget & they don’t get it back. (No more base line budgeting crap). The list below, I bet, is hardly complete but it amounts to almost 100 billion dollars right off the top. Easy, right? If this money was wasted, they couldn’t have needed it.
■Agriculture: $4.3 billion in improper payments, or 5.9 percent of total department spending. Much of it was in the food stamp, federal crop insurance and school meals programs.
■Defense: $849 million, or 0.5 percent.
■Education: $599 million, or 2.1 percent.
■Health and Human Services: $55.1 billion, or 9.4 percent. That included improper payment rates of 7.8 percent and 15.4 percent in the Medicare fee for service and Advantage programs, respectively.
■Homeland Security: $644.5 million, or 3.7 percent. Much of it was in the Homeland Security grant program as well as Disaster Relief Fund Vendor Payments.
■Housing and Urban Development: $1 billion, or 3.5 percent. All of it was attributed to public housing and rental assistance.
■Labor: $12.3 billion, or 9.9 percent. Almost all of the improper payments were in the unemployment insurance program.
■Treasury: $12.3 billion, or 25.5 percent. All of it was attributed to improper payments in the earned income tax credit.
■Transportation: $1.5 billion, or 3 percent. Much of it was in the Federal Highway Administration planning and construction program.
■Veterans Affairs: $1.2 billion, or 2.7 percent. That included improper payments in the pension and other compensation programs.
■Social Security Administration: $8.0 billion, or 1.2 percent.