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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gene L. Dodaro
Top House Republicans now want to know whether the new health care law's expansion of the Medicaid program will include prisoners, adding a wrinkle to GOP complaints that President Obama's health overhaul is unfit for implementation.
The government has grown so large that nobody really knows where its $3.8 trillion in annual spending goes. Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) tries - and fails - to make sense of federal-agency ledgers. On Thursday, GAO refused once again to certify the official balance sheets because they are so shoddily kept.
A year after the government's chief investigators identified 81 areas where the government double-spends or could cut costs, President Obama and Congress have solved just four of them, the Government Accountability Office said in a follow-up report Tuesday.
Shoddy oversight and a lack of reliable testing methods make it difficult to know which federal programs geared to improve teacher quality are working, U.S. Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro told a House hearing Wednesday.
President Obama's agenda has so overloaded Congress that its legislative gatekeepers - the analysts who score each bill and the auditors who weed out waste and fraud - can't keep up.
Mr. Dodaro said for every $1 they get, they deliver a return on investment of $80 by tracking fraud and recommending where government should be streamlined.
For GAO, the big workload comes from tracking last year's Recovery Act, which accounts for most of the staff funding changes the agency is requesting, said acting Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro.