What Does “Waste” in Government Mean Anyway?

Routine is practice in the US Federal Government to see placards and signs cautioning employees to be award of instances of “Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA).”  Numerous  offices are dedicated to the charge of expanding the consciousness and reporting FWA violations. Fraud is pretty well understood and is covered in law and regulation.  Abuse is covered in a similar way but is captured under ethical standards.  Both Fraud and Abuse have penalties for engaging in such behavior, yet Waste is left unattended. Waste, for the most part is in the eye of the beholder.  One person’s waste is another person’s necessity, so… who is correct?  This article will help practitioners and academics increase their understanding of fraud, waste, and abuse.  Tools to address waste are introduced.  Also, this document provides a focus on effective countermeasures to mitigate waste that can naturally occur without attention to process.
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