Study finds $321 million in wasted technology spending

The federal government spends about $82 billion annually on information technology.

Since the GAO conducted the study, the Pentagon has consolidated two of its programs and has said it will cancel a third. 

“With so much money on the line, it is critical that our government agencies are doing everything possible to save taxpayer moneys," Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said in a statement. "An important part of this effort is to ensure that we are not investing in programs that unnecessarily overlap or are duplicative. While today’s GAO report does highlight some areas where we need to improve, it is promising that GAO found that only 12 of the 590 investments reviewed were duplicative."

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the committee's ranking member, claimed the federal government "has failed to make gains in improving productivity in IT."

"We have seen too many delayed and over-budget projects, including some that are duplicative," he said.