Administration has approximately 42 Czars and each of these czars comes with requirements for office space, technology, supplies and staff that amount to billions of taxpayer dollars. Getting a grip on the czar’s expenditures would equal or even exceed the $100billion-over-5-years budget cuts proposed by Defense Secretary Gates.
or have unused funds, these funds usually do not go back to the Treasury. In
fact, it is very difficult to return unused funding to the Treasury
department. The funding stays in a “slush” fund at Congress or at the federal
agency, unmonitored, for the most part, except the Congressional or Agency CFOs, and often becomes the “go-to” place for pet projects or to cover agency or
congressional over spending. These slush funds range from a few million to
several hundred million and are not transparent to the American taxpayer, nor
are most members of Congress aware of their existence or size.
high as $50,000 per individual. At a time when unemployment
is at 9.5% all signing and retention bonuses should be eliminated.
These “bonuses” are one of the ways bureaucrats can augment a federal employee’s salary above the standard civil service pay scale. Retention and Incentive bonuses also carry no requirement for performance evaluation. Many federal workers receive retention bonuses each month for decades while employed by the federal government.
and there is a continual cycle of hiring and attrition at all federal agencies.
However, each year, all Executive agencies place a line item in the federal
budget and allocate the payroll & benefits costs as if these employees
existed. The amount of federal funding allocated to these “phantom” employees
is in the billions. This funding provides a convenient slush fund within
federal agencies that can then be re-allocated mid-year to other agency
priorities not approved by Congress.
subcommittees. In addition, there are approximately 69 Joint (Senate/House)
committees as well as several Conference committees. Committees require staff
ranging from office administrators to chiefs-of-staff to general counsels to
research assistants. These personnel require office space, supplies, technology
and travel expenses to perform their duties. All of this occurs at taxpayer
expense.With fewer congressional committees and less staff, there might be less time and resources devoted to witch-hunts and show trials, and more effort spent
on the business of government.
growth requires both an increase in revenue and cuts in expenditures. After 17
months of out-of-control, bloated legislation costing trillions of dollars,
Congress and Obama have shown they are serious about spending. Now let’s see them get serious about budget cuts.