House Judiciary Leaders Vow to Fight “Waste and Redundancy” at Justice Department


Key House Republicans have vowed to bear down on what they called “waste and redundancy” at the Justice Department. Their announcement may mean the department will cut down further on conferences in the anticrime field and others, a trend reported earlier by The Crime Report. “We have discovered within the Department of Justice's budget outrageous examples of wasteful and duplicative programs, all of which are paid for by the American people,” said new House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wi.), who heads the committee’s panel on crime, terrorism, homeland security and investigations. The two cited DOJ’s buying an unused prison in Illinois “even though the Bureau of Prisons already had four brand new federal prisons waiting to be put to use.” They also mentioned an FBI unit “dedicated to helping Hollywood make movies and TV shows,” and “numerous conferences,” asserting that DOJ spent $100 million on conferences in 2010, twice what was spent just two years earlier. They promised a hearing on the problem soon.

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