Study: $321M In Wasted Tech Spending

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified a series of duplicated tech investments totaling nearly $321 million in possibly wasted spending from three federal agencies.

The Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense and Health and Human Services (HHS) were found to have “12 potentially duplicative investments” in IT spending for the fiscal years of 2008 through 2013.

Immigration enforcement, tracking the health care status of warfighters and Medicare coverage determination were included in the list of possibly duplicative spending procedures from the agencies.

According to the Government Accountability Office, the federal government budgets more than $82 billion annually for IT expenses. The GAO has asked to review the investments, and the agencies are said to report back by the end of this month.

The agencies disagreed that there was in fact duplicative spending, but the GAO has recommended to the three individual agencies that they independently develop a plan to review the possible discrepancies.


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