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Latham Introduces Bipartisan Government Improvement Bill

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Washington, D.C., Jul 16 | Shayne L. Martin (202-225-5476) | comments
This week, Congressman Tom Latham's efforts to craft legislation aimed at making the government more efficient was introduced in the US House of Representatives. This bipartisan measure - H.R. 5064, The Lean and Responsive Government Act, takes continuous process improvement measures successfully employed by state governments and small businesses across the country, and requires them to be adopted within the federal government.

Specifically, the bill calls for agencies to implement continuous process improvement methods, which are steps that require agencies to set clear, measurable goals, analytically evaluate overly bureaucratic systems, and reduce Washington red-tape in a sustainable manner.

Once federal departments and agencies universally implement these methods, it will result in improved performance and a better utilization of American tax dollars.  Embracing this approach empowers departments and agencies to take innovative steps to reduce waste in their organizations and apply those resources to other priorities without requiring additional funds.

"Washington has long needed measures that force government agencies to operate in an efficient and effective manner. My Lean and Responsive Government Act builds on the government reform efforts established by Congressman Henry Cuellar’s Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, and ties continuous process improvement to the annual Congressional budgetary requests for each federal agency.  Many state governments, small and large businesses, and organizations take process improvement seriously, and it is time to for federal agencies to do the same," said Latham.

"I am pleased to join Congressman Tom Latham as an original co-sponsor of the Lean & Responsive Government Act,” said Congressman Cuellar. “This legislation builds off of the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act, which I authored in 2010 to raise the standard of government efficiency and accountability.  Today’s bill further raises the standard that taxpayers expect of the federal government and I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure a responsive and effective government.” 

Currently, this legislation has been sent to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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