A new government report on duplication and fragmentation in federal programs can read like a book of “screw-in-a-light-bulb” jokes.
It takes 10 different offices at the Department of Health and Human Services to run programs addressing AIDS in minority communities. Autism research is spread out over 11 different agencies. Eight agencies at the Defense Department are looking for prisoners of war and missing in action. And Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado has eight different satellite control centers to control 10 satellite programs.
The report, by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, identifies 26 new areas where federal government programs are fragmented, duplicative, overlapping or just inefficient. Add that to the 162 areas identified in past reports, and Congress has a road map for saving tens of billions of dollars a year.
Going strong since 1993, the members of alt-country group Antigone Rising have rubbed elbows with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band and Rob Thomas — all while making a name for themselves by putting in the hard work (early in their career, they played about 280 shows a year).
The sister-fronted band stopped by USA TODAY’s StudioA for a three-song set. Here, they play “That Was the Whiskey.”
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