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CAGW Recommendations for Trump Administration's Nickel Plan- Commerce

Agency Comments

November 1, 2018

The Honorable Wilbur Ross
Secretary, Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Secretary Ross,

During a meeting on October 17, 2018, President Trump directed you and other members of his Cabinet to cut their department budgets by 5 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2019.  With a national debt of more than $21 trillion and the budget deficit soaring to its highest level since 2012, President Trump’s initiative will help to improve fiscal responsibility.

Since 1993, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has annually published Prime Cuts, a comprehensive account of options the federal government possesses to reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  The 2018 edition has 636 recommendations that would save $429.8 billion in the first year and $3.1 trillion over five years.  Since CAGW was established in 1984 following the release of the Grace Commission report under President Reagan, the implementation of recommendations similar to those in Prime Cuts has helped save taxpayers $1.8 trillion.

I urge you to consider the following recommendations for President Trump’s 5 percent spending cut directive that are included in Prime Cuts 2018, as well as proposed in whole or in part in the President’s Major Savings and Reforms for FYs 2018 and 2019.

  • Eliminate the Economic Development Administration

               1-Year Savings:  $251 million                5-Year Savings: $1.3 billion

  • Eliminate National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grants and Education

               1-Year Savings:  $273 million                5-Year Savings: $1.4 billion

  • Lease shared secondary licenses

               1-Year Savings: $50 million                   5-Year Savings: $285 million

Secretary Ross, thank you for your efforts to be a responsible steward of the taxpayers’ money.  Your work to fulfill President Trump’s 5 percent cut directive will show taxpayers that your department stands with them in rooting out wasteful spending in the federal government.


Tom Schatz
President, CAGW

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