Sequester Doesn't Add Up for IGs

May 20, 2013

The inspector general for the General Services Administration expects to lose out on more than a quarter-billion dollars in potential government savings next year, as the sequester-related budget cuts force the agency to scale back on efforts to uncover waste and fraud for taxpayers.

The estimate, which came in response to a recent congressional inquiry, provides some hard numbers to an emerging concern in the IG community: that short-term sequester IG budget cuts will lead to long-term losses for agencies.

“Our audit staff has been particularly hit hard,” GSA IG Brian Miller wrote in a April 22 letter to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Citing “strained resources,” Miller told Shaheen that his office projects a $281 million reduction for fiscal 2014 in financial recommendations, cost avoidance and recoveries from his audit office alone.

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