Got a problem? Form a committee.
For decades, this has been Washington’s go-to response for tackling an array of policy challenges big and small, national and local. But that response has added up.
The federal government hosts a network of 1,000 advisory panels that consisted of more than 74,000 members last year, and they are becoming increasingly expensive — statistics kept by the federal government show the cost of running these committees has nearly doubled over the past decade.