Needless to say what is needed is to reform government and that means getting rid
of departments, programs and agencies which are duplicates or not needed at all.
Over the past three years, the Government Accountability Office found 162 areas
where agencies are duplicating efforts, at a cost of tens of billions of dollars.
It takes 10 different offices at the Department of Health and Human Services to
run programs addressing AIDS in minority communities. Autism research is spread out
over 11 different agencies. Eight agencies at the Defense Department are looking
for prisoners of war and missing in action. And Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado
has eight different satellite control centers to control 10 satellite programs.
It's impossible to account for how much money is wasted through duplication, in
part because the government doesn't keep track of which programs each agency is responsible
Once we have removed unneeded departments, such as Education, most of the EPA,
the Commerce Department, The Energy Department, we than need to provide that those
department and agencies left can not make regulations, which are in effect de facto
laws, without congressional approval of the regulation. It is suggested the each
regulation be voted on by congress and can not last more that 2 years without reauthorization.
Reauthorization must be done individually and not as a blanket bill.
The most despised department and currently the most corrupt is the IRS. It should
be eliminated in favor of a flat tax.
How many governmental agencies are there?
The U.S. government does not know how many agencies and programs it is asking taxpayers
to fund, The Daily Caller has learned. The Government Performance and Results Modernization
Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) — which became law on January 4, 2011 — established, required
quarterly performance assessments of government programs.
That bill also mandated that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) create a
website that would publish quarterly performance reports by the heads of each agency.
Currently that website — Performance.gov, which was launched in 2011 — contains only
a partial list of government programs, and important agencies such as the FCC aren’t
on the list.
It's no secret that the federal government can be a complicated mess. For every
given problem, there are often several, if not dozens, of programs intended to tackle
it. There isn't just one health care program -- there are Medicaid, Medicare, SCHIP
the Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies, the employer insurance deduction, etc.
There isn't just one higher education subsidy -- there are the American Opportunity
credit, Pell grants, Perkins loans, Stafford loans, etc. And that's not even every
federal program that serves those two sectors.
In his paper, the political science professor coins the term "kludgeocracy" to
refer to our country's patchwork system of service delivery. It's a play on the term
"kludge," used in computing and engineering to refer to a hastily put together, hopefully
temporary workaround for a problem. Instead of designing programs from the ground
up to fix problems, Teles argues, we've become reliant on kludges.
Most estimates suggest there are probably more than 2,000 of these. They each have
an area of specialization — some much broader than others — but their duties often
overlap, making administration more difficult. To complicate things even more, many
agencies have counterparts at the state and local level. Its size, complexity, and
overlapping responsibilities leave the federal bureaucracy open to constant attempts
to reorganize and streamline. With over 2,000 different agencies, the federal bureaucracy
is almost certain to run into problems with organization, overlapping responsibilities,
and efficiency. Almost every recent President has come into office determined to
refashion and trim the bureaucracy. However, none has been able to make more than
minor adjustments. Well-established agencies have lives of their own, and are difficult