According to the Treasury report, high-risk areas for improper payments include food stamps, Pell Grants, unemployment insurance, Medicaid and Medicare fee-for-service. Additionally, eliminating redundancy and fraud in the Department of Defense would save billions without risking national security.
If the government can’t effectively police itself, how can the American people promote fiscal responsibility? The simplest solutions are often best: If the programs are not able to be policed, then they should be eliminated or downsized.
Kavon Nikrad is the founder and editor-in-chief of the campaign and elections website Race42012.com and a 2011-2012 policy fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.