Mar 11 2014
The Task Force is working to advance important reforms to government operations that will reduce costs, remove barriers to productivity and innovation, and improve transparency and accountability of federal spending.
Know what works. Senator Warner was a lead sponsor of the Government Performance Results Modernization Act of 2010, which revised the performance management and reporting framework for the entire federal government. The GPRA Modernization Act requires agencies to set priority goals, track and report results on a quarterly basis, and create the first-ever federal inventory of programs. This new performance management framework provides taxpayers and Congress with valuable data that shows the progress agencies are making toward achieving goals and objectives. Results can be seen at www.performance.gov.
Follow the money. The federal government does not have a transparent system that allows taxpayers and policymakers to track all federal spending. Senator Warner introduced bipartisan legislation—the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA)—that requires all federal spending data to be made easily accessible and downloadable on www.usaspending.gov. This legislation also requires consistent government-wide financial data standards that will make it possible to display the full cycle of all federal spending in one location, essentially creating an online checkbook for the federal government’s spending.
Deliver better service. Government service delivery breakdowns are in the headlines daily—veterans wait months for critical services and federal retirees frequently wait more than a year to receive the benefits they’ve earned. Senator Warner introduced bipartisan legislation—the Government Customer Service Improvement Act—that requires agencies to take immediate action to improve service delivery. This legislation establishes government-wide customer service standards, holds agencies accountable for service and creates a service improvement unit to reduce service breakdowns and backlogs.
Break down agency silos. Each year, the Government Accountability Office identifies examples of duplicative, overlapping and fragmented programs that could be restructured, consolidated and improved. Senator Warner offered legislation—the Reforming and Consolidating Government Act—to restore executive reorganization authority that would establish a “fast track” process for considering reorganization proposals from the President, which will save taxpayer money and make the government more efficient.
Eliminate excess property. The federal government is the largest property owner and manager in the U.S. with more than one million buildings, structures, and land parcels. Unfortunately, it does a poor job managing these properties. Real property management has been on GAO’s high risk list since 2003 and they have estimated that the federal government could save more than $3 billion through improvements to federal real property management. Senator Warner introduced legislation—the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA)—to require savings of at least $9 billion over the next ten years.
Balance regulatory costs. For thirty years, Presidents of both parties have required federal agencies to analyze the costs and benefits of new major regulations and abide by other principles designed to filter out excessive red tape. Senator Warner sponsored legislation—the Independent Agency Regulatory Analysis Act—that would require independent agencies to comply with these commonsense cost benefit analysis requirements for any rule that will have a significant impact on the economy.Cut government waste. Senator Warner, in the GPRA Modernization Act, required federal agencies to identify low-priority programs and outdated and wasteful federal reporting requirements each year. As a result, Senator Warner and Senator Ayotte, who serves as Ranking Member of the Task Force, introduced legislation—the Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014—to eliminate over 300 unnecessary reporting requirements, removing real barriers to productivity within federal agencies.