Cuellar's reform bill continues to streamline federal government

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The legislation is integrating resources and eliminating redundancy.

Henry Cuellar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House’s passage of HR 1423 follows the model of Henry Cuellar’s 2010 Government Performance Results Modernization Act in the effort to reform government .

According to a press release from his secretary, Cuellar’s landmark government reform legislation, passed in 2010 as the Government Performance Results Modernization Act, continues to streamline the federal government, integrating resources and eliminating redundancy. The law required agencies to identify ambitious goals and perform frequent performance evaluations and the results of these reports have inspired other pieces of similar legislation. Agencies have submitted those reports on a quarterly basis since the law’s passage in 2010.

On Tuesday, February 25th, the House of Representatives passed HR 1423, the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, which builds on the success of Rep. Cuellar’s 2010 law, which mandated that the Government Accountability Office submit annual reports on duplication and overlap within the federal government. In its first report, issued in 2011, GAO identified 81 areas of duplication and potential cost savings. In its 2012 report, GAO found 51 new areas. In 2013, GAO identified 31 additional areas where agencies could achieve greater efficiencies or effectiveness. HR 1423 expands on the same concept by requiring that each individual agency provide information annually on any duplicative programs or activity.


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