Today, Rep. Dave Joyce (OH-14) introduced the Savings, Accountability, Value, and Efficiency Act (SAVE), which will cut $200 billion in government spending over 10 years by eliminating waste and duplication. Joyce was joined by Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) in introducing the bill which implements common sense spending cuts outlined by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Joyce released the following statement:
"When Washington tightens its belt, Ohio families have more room to breathe. I'm pleased to be part of this bipartisan effort to rein in Washington waste because Ohio families deserve a leaner, more efficient government."
The SAVE Act finds savings through the following measures:
Requiring the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to align its fee structure with inspection costs to eliminate overruns;
Eliminating a duplicative catfish inspection program within the USDA;
Consolidating data centers across federal agencies to allow for cost savings and increased efficiency;
Strengthening oversight of federal agencies' major information technology investments;
Improving the ability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to find and eliminate fraud through better data collection and analysis;
Improving best practices in federal agency contract competition to reduce the number of noncompetitive contracts and to reduce expenses;
Promoting strategic sourcing across federal agencies, leveraging massive federal buying power to lower prices;
Improving management and utilization of the government's 400,000 buildings to reduce expenses on excess or underutilized space;
Requiring the White House to identify and eliminate duplicative programs across the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from older diesel engines;
Clarifying the authority of the Department of Energy to sell excess depleted uranium under certain restrictions.