On March 1, I referenced the Government Accountability Office’s upcoming report on waste and redundancy that was soon to be released. The Wall Street Journal pointed out a couple of highlights, and now it seems the report is actually being read by lawmakers and many others.
The “duplication report,” as it’s come to be called, garnered 90,277 visits in the first week after its March 1 release — or more than three times the previous best-read item on GAO’s website, a 2008 letter on a contentious fight over an Air Force tanker deal.
Granted, just because people open it does not mean they will read it or do something about it … but it’s a start.
While readership has reached beyond the Beltway, it’s within the Capitol that the document has really hit the target, drawing praise even from the Senate’s top Democrat and the Obama White House.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said a GAO study on government waste and duplication was “a step in the right direction” and was something that “over the long term that could save some money.” (Associated Press)
“I don’t say this very often, but I’m glad Coburn asked for that,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, told reporters after it was released. “That’s a step in the right direction. And those are some of the things we can do over the long term that could save some money.”
A step in the right direction? Hey Rep. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), why the heck didn’t you and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) put a request in for this type of report when you were running the House and Senate the past few years?
[Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)] had requested the GAO do this work before, but was told it was impossible. So last year, he wrote an amendment requiring the study, and attached it to a bill increasing the country’s debt limit.
Wasn’t Vice President Al Gore tasked with the same project 15 or 20 years ago?