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 CarperTom CarperYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis MORE (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 CoburnTom CoburnRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight The Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him MORE (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.