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Citizens Against Government Waste Applauds Interior Department's Historic Reorganization Plan

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318

March 20, 2018
 

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement applauding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) plan to reorganize its operations, eliminate redundancy, and allow local communities to make decisions that work best for them. 

“Secretary Zinke’s reorganization plan for the Interior Department is a case study on how to shrink the size and scope of the federal government.  Currently, DOI’s various agencies have 70,000 employees in more than 50 regions with multiple layers of bureaucracy between local officials and federal decision-makers.  That not only leads to a bloated staff, but also perpetuates a top-down, instead of a bottom-up approach to government.

“Under Secretary Zinke’s plan, the number of regions will be consolidated down to 13.  Regional officials will possess broad authority to make more decisions that work best for that region without having to consult with a bureaucrat in Washington.  This will result in better relationships with the public, local communities, Native American tribes.  The plan also calls for a budget cut of $1.6 billion, including a reduction of 4,000 staff through attrition.

“The Interior Department’s historic reorganization efforts should serve as a playbook for how to create an agile, 21st century government that stays laser-focused on its core mission, while prioritizing the needs of taxpayers.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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