Earlier this week, this blog highlighted a report on improper payments in the Social Security Disability and Insurance program. The report, conducted over an 18-month period, looked at 300 cases of disability awards and found about one-quarter of them had awards improperly given.

This brings up an important part of the federal budget: fraud, waste, abuse, duplication and stupidity. While the long-term budget problems of the United States federal government are most closely related to health care and retirement programs, interest payments, defense spending, a lack of tax reform and a slow-growing economy, streamlining what is spent within existing programs is critical.

How many of your tax dollars are lost to fraud and other inefficiencies? Nobody can say for certain, unfortunately, because of the size and complexity of the federal government.

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