WASHINGTON – After a top federal watchdog identified dozens of priority recommendations for federal agencies, including identifying potentially duplicative government programs, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is requesting information from two government agencies about how they are measuring if those programs really work. In a report from 2012, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified dozens of programs related to ‘entrepreneurial assistance’ that could be duplicative and lack formal measures to ensure taxpayer dollars are being well spent. GAO followed up in 2017 on numerous recommendations that have yet to be acted upon.
In letters to the heads of the Small Business Administration and Department of Commerce, McCaskill is requesting information related to these potentially duplicative programs and asking those agencies why they have failed to implement GAO’s recommendations.
“We can’t have dozens of potentially ineffective programs all working on the same thing,” McCaskill said. “Encouraging people to start businesses is a good goal, but if we’re spending Missourians’ hard-earned tax dollars on it, we’ve got to make sure money isn’t being wasted.”
Protecting taxpayer dollars has been a top priority for McCaskill as a leader of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Recently, the Senate passed a McCaskill-backed bipartisan bill to reduce wasteful spending on government technology purchases. The Senate also passed a McCaskill-backed bill making it illegal to spend taxpayer dollars on portraits of government officials. Earlier this year, McCaskill-backed bipartisan legislation to crack down on misuse of federal agency travel and purchase cards spending passed the Senate.