Updated:WASHINGTON D.C. —
Billions of the public's tax dollars are being wasted because multiple government agencies are doing the same thing.
Our Washington Bureau spent many hours digging through a new federal audit.
It shows different parts of government are not working together, and that's costing taxpayers.
The Government Accountability Office pointed out 26 areas of duplication in testimony before Congress.
"My dad used to say it's not how much money you spend but how you spend it," said Florida Rep. John Mica.
This is the fourth year the GAO has issued a report on duplication.
The government has saved $10 billion so far because of recommendations.
The GAO also said eliminating the duplication could save taxpayers $45 billion over five years.