November 19, 2015

Manchin, Kirk Target Government Waste and Inefficiency

Senators Manchin and Kirk introduce the Government Transformation Act to save taxpayers millions

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) this week introduced the Government Transformation Act, a bill which creates an independent commission to target government waste and inefficiency. The bill would also provide actionable recommendations to Congress in order to enhance government effectiveness, efficiency and credibility in government programs.

“The first step to getting our financial house in order is reducing government waste and inefficiency,” Senator Manchin said. “This legislation will create an independent analysis focused on finding inefficiencies in our government and reducing the national debt. I am proud to work across the aisle with my colleague Senator Kirk to save American taxpayers millions of dollars.”

“By eliminating outdated and underutilized programs like agencies and offices that print documents already found online, we can save taxpayers millions,” Senator Kirk said. “This bipartisan bill is a step towards reducing government waste and inefficiency.”

This legislation would:

  • Create an independent, seven member, government transformation commission tasked with finding taxpayer savings and government waste.
  • The independent analysis will include program evaluation, effectiveness, efficiency, consolidation, reform and best practices.  Similar to the Grace Commission that was set up under President Reagan to find inefficiencies in government, and the Simpson-Bowles Commission, which focused on reducing the national debt, this Commission will provide the President and Congress with ways to fix Washington.