To End Runaway Spending, Hire More Watchdogs

The cost of ensuring government efficiency can be less than zero.

The federal government needs to be more efficient -- that's an opinion you hear all the time, especially among conservatives. Suggestions usually focus on getting the government to do less. Getting it to do the same things better receives little attention and that's a shame. One good way to improve efficiency is to spend more on inspectors general of federal agencies, eligibility reviews for government benefits and the Government Accountability Office. Look no further than yesterday's report from the Treasury Department's Inspector General that the Internal Revenue Service spent $50 million on conferences over two years.

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