Transcript for Government Reports That Cost the Taxpayers Millions
Back here at home we're keeping watch on use of your taxpayer dollars. A new report all today reveals the federal government doled out $100 million to the wrong people last year, giving tax credits to those who don't qualify and unemployment benefits to people with jobs. Add to that our own Washington watch dog investigation tonight, the money spent on endless reports and would you believe an investigation into dog fur? ABC's David Kerley looking out for your tax money again tonight. Reporter: Every year, believe it or not, customs officials have to write a specific report to congress about dog and cat fur. A dozen people spending an estimated ten thousand dollars of your taxes to write the report about government efforts to keep the fur out of imported clothing. Problem is -- in the past seven years, there's been only one case of dog or cat fur. Still, a report to congress, just one, of four thousand reports congress demands every year. If we can eliminate a couple hundred of these reports, it's probably in the tens of millions. Reporter: Senator mark Warner -- gets some of these reports. How many of these do you actually read? Virtually none. Reporter: Problems have disappeared. Programs expired. A new report on all these reports says nearly one and ten reports could go. We've identified over 350 that we think aren't adding value today and are wasting the taxpayer dollars. Reporter: But this is slow moving Washington. The house is ready to get rid of 85 of the reports saving you a million dollars. Warner says he wants more but he hasn't been able to get rid of any since 2010 when he started calling for fewer reports. It's 2014. Nothing's happened. This is a job that tries your patience. We're four years into this. And we ought to do better. Reporter: Until they do better -- there is plenty of Reading material demanded by congress that no one is Reading. David Kerley, ABC news, Washington.
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