The bill seeks to consolidate duplicative government programs as identified by the Government Accountability Office. It would require the president to send Congress a proposed joint resolution specifying recommendations within 90 days of the annual GAO report.
“The General Accounting Office [sic] basically said ‘Here’s how you can save not millions, not hundreds of millions, but billions of dollars,'” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a video released Thursday. “This is something Republicans and Democrats can and should agree on, and I think will agree on.”
Manchin described the bill as a “common sense approach.”
The legislation says any savings acquired from eliminating the duplications will go to the Treasury’s general fund and be used to reduce the deficit.
Sponsored by Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
The bill aims to promote bulk purchasing and strategic sourcing across agencies.
“The federal government spends about $500 billion a year, uncoordinated in the sense of their purchasing of goods and services, throughout the government,” Begich said in a video. “We should do everything we can to buy in bulk and save taxpayer money.”