House Introduces Bill to Consolidate Overlapping Government Programs

January 1, 2013

On January 1, 2013, Rep. John Abney Culberson (R-TX) introduced a bill “to save at least $10,000,000,000 by consolidating some duplicative and overlapping government programs” (H.R. 6729). If passed, this bill would require the director of the Office of Management and Budget to coordinate with the heads of federal agencies to eliminate, consolidate, or streamline federal programs and agencies with duplicative and overlapping missions and apply any savings toward deficit reduction. Agencies in particular slated for a closer look are those identified in the February 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue,” and the March 2011 GAO report, “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue.” This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and to the Committee on Appropriations.

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