An interesting report on waste by Federal Agencies was released by the Congressional Research Service on July 16, 2018. It detailed several areas of waste between 2004 and 2017. Garrett Hatch, a specialist in American National Government, authored the report. The report stated that the total for mistakes and improper payments distributed by 20 agencies was an almost unbelievable $1.2 trillion.

The largest departmental waste reported was made by Health & Human Services. Mistakes and improper medicare payments amounted to $387 billion. The same department wasted $234 billion on mistakes and improper medicaid payments during the same period.

To show the ridiculous nature of many disgusting wastes of public money, I selected the following item published by OpenTheBooks.com on October 1, 2015.  For the previous decade, the Environmental Protection Agency spent $92 million on upscale office furniture, including $800 pencil sharpeners and $7,000 executive desks!

An incredible list of similar wasteful activity can be found in the report titled AMERICA NEEDS A WAR ON WASTE by OpenTheBooks.com



About Michael E. Sedgwick

I live in a beautiful retirement community beneath the Catalina Mountains, 26 miles north of Tucson, and enjoy writing short stories, novels, memoirs and essays. I've been married to a wonderful woman for 56 years and enjoy traveling the world with her.
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