Fragmented, overlapping and duplicative executive branch agency programs are costing taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses annually, a new government study found.

The study, issued Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) following a three-year investigation, found 31 new areas of redundant or wasteful spending. Added to the findings of similar reports issued in 2011 and 2012, the new study brings the total areas of duplicative spending to more than 160, according to the report.

“Collectively, these reports show that, if the actions are implemented, the government could potentially save tens of billions of dollars annually,” the 283-page report concluded.

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