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Wasteful spending and the potential for corruption in entitlement programs

Public sector entitlement programs encompass a range of programs from state funded insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, to food and cash assistance for low income residents. The purpose of this study is to examine the selected variables, the amounts of wasteful spending and corruption, and the effects of transparency, to determine why wasteful spending occurs in public sector entitlement programs and the potential for wasteful spending to become corruption. This graduate project seeks to find a solution for how organizations reduce wasteful spending and the potential for corruption within entitlement programs. This graduate project proposes using an exploratory research design with quantitative and qualitative data collected from 375 program participants and employees from a variety of public sector entitlement programs to determine the levels of wasteful spending and corruption and the effect of transparency. The data collected from the surveys and interviews will give a diverse view and provide information that can lead to a better understanding of the relationship strength between variables and the way the issues are perceived. This study will prove useful for reducing misconceptions of rampant government waste in entitlement programs and providing definitions of wasteful spending and corruption which will also have applicability in future research. The information garnered from this research project can be used to examine these variables in more detail in future studies to better understand the relationships and how they can be affected by different situational factors.

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