Fighting Fraud, Waste And Abuse

In: All News   Posted 05/21/2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined the committee and its chairman, Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), Wednesday in announcing new savings targets for federal spending. The Budget Committee is launching a three-month process to identify fraud, waste and abuse within government agencies and spending programs. The committee set a minimum of $137 billion as its savings goal over the next decade."The intent of this action is to seek out waste and inefficiency in the federal government in order to find savings for taxpayers,” Cornyn said. “Programs that are duplicative, wasteful, outdated or irrelevant will be realigned or eliminated altogether.” The committee’s initiative directs the General Accounting Office to submit a report to Congress identifying instances in which House and Senate committees can make “legislative changes to improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of federal programs.” The committees that authorize funding for the agencies must report their specific findings by September 2, 2003."Limited funds are being siphoned away from legitimate programs and individuals who need these government services,” Chairman Nickles said. “We cannot allow such findings to go unaddressed.” The FY 2004 Budget Resolution, which the Congress passed in April, included a resolution co-sponsored by Cornyn that stated the need for a review commission to be established for a review of federal agencies. Cornyn is also the co-sponsor of S. 837, the Commission on the Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies Act. Apart from the Budget Committee, Cornyn sits on three authorizing committees. The savings identified by those committees are $9.178 billion from Armed Services, $3.018 billion from Environment and Public Works, and $621 million from the Judiciary Committee authorization.