Issue: Government Waste

There are many areas in which the waste of available funds, personnel and equipment resources have been (and will continue to be) identified. In this issue area, the submittal of specific evidences of waste (especially of a substantial nature) is solicited, with the submittal also indicating how the situation can be corrected.

Instruction: Under each of the topics below, please make your contribution of a proposal to deal with the topic/problem, or provide a statement of unintended consequences. Feel free to comment on any contribution submitted by others.
  • Eliminate the Penny

    It has been stated that the cost of producing a one-cent coin costs more than two (2) cents. There is very little need in our economy to maintain the use of parts of a nickel for any purchase or transaction. It is recommended that the production of pennies be stopped immediately, and the use of penny amounts in commerce be ended.

  • Regulation Review Teams

    There is ongoing discussion of the need for regulatory reform, but not sufficient discussion of how this would be accomplished. The cost of a new bureaucracy to undertake periodic examinations of regulations is prohibitive, and leaving ongoing regulatory reform in the hands of our political system is fraught with all types of problems. The following internal review system, within any and all organizations within governments at any level, is proposed:

    Internal agency teams of nine (9) persons would be appointed by the working members of each organization, three (3) of whom could be appointed by the management of that organization. Each member would serve only one three (3) year term, with one-third of the members being replaced each year. The function of this team is to review one ninth to one third of the regulations of the organization, depending on the total number of regulations in place. In large organizations, with extensive regulations, these persons would be freed of their current job responsibilities, and be guaranteed their position back after their term of service. 

    The responsibility of the team members is to review the regulations assigned for review for that year, and to determine  if a) each regulation is practical and serving the purpose for which it is in place, therefore recommending its renewal; b) not adequately performing its purpose as designed, and therefore recommending its revision to improve its function; c) inadequately performing its purpose as designed, and therefore recommending its elimination (with or without a recommendation for replacement); d) has become far too costly, and needs to be revised, reduced in size, or terminated; and e) it is working so well, that its application to other areas could be recommended.

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