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Opportunities to Control Costs and Improve the Effectiveness of Department of Transportation Programs

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The Inspector General testified before the House Committee on the Budget regarding fraud, waste, and abuse in the Department’s mandatory spending programs. His testimony focused on opportunities to use funds more efficiently and effectively, avoid unnecessary costs increases, and reduce costs in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration grants to states and localities; FAA operation, maintenance, and acquisition programs; and the Maritime Administration’s Title XI Loan Guarantee Program. The testimony also included observations about Amtrak, which presents a different type of challenge because its program structure is fundamentally broken and needs to be rethought. Inspectors General from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Agriculture also testified.