Tag Archives: Government Spending

Trump’s Proposed Infrastructure Plan: Is It Much More Than It Seems?

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President Trump released his long-awaited infrastructure plan last week, and like most things that come out of the White House, it was overshadowed by the partisan politics that dominate our government. The plan has been decried as a “farce,” a “scam,” and “underwhelming” by some. Most of the criticism focuses on what is perceived to be a modest amount of federal funding—$200 billion—committed by the White House as well as the significant reliance on state and local funding sources and private investment. However, an argument can be made that the plan is about much more than the [...]Read more

GAO Report on Government Contracting Finds Overall Decrease from 2011-2015 and Most Obligations on Service Contracts

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Every year, billions of dollars in products and services are needed to keep running the U.S. federal government’s 18 cabinet-level departments and nearly 100 other independent agencies. In March 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released results of its one-year audit of the government’s contracts between fiscal years 2011 and 2015 (including its fixed price, cost-reimbursement, and time-and-materials/labor hour contracts). Overall, GAO’s report shows a 24 percent decrease in government-wide contracting in FY 2015 from FY 2011 levels (a drop of approximately $438 billion), with [...]Read more