President Donald Trump is naming Jared Kushner, the assistant to the President and his son-in-law, to lead the new Office of American Innovation.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the goal of the executive order is to make agencies more efficient, effective and accountable.
Sen. Tom Coburn told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that Congress isn’t doing its job and that’s the root cause of much of the waste in government. Rep. Darrell Issa promised to work with Coburn and Sen. Tom Carper on legislation to reduce overlapping programs.
Experts say all the focus on Capitol Hill and within agencies will lead to better management and give more respect to whistleblowers. Carolyn Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel, said the attention on the misdeeds of the Public Buildings Service would bolster the need for stronger ethics and integrity.
From Darleen Druyun to Jack Abramoff to wartime contracting, history shows the Public Buildings Service’s lavish spending is small potatoes. Experts say the energy and time Congress has put into hearing on the GSA conference near Las Vegas could be better used to address bigger, most costly problems.
Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says the government is paying for private employees’ retirements has been a legitimate business expense for years under cost-accounting standards.
Earmarks in fiscal 2010 spending bills are down by about 30 percent as compared to this year. A preliminary analysis of the bills was conducted by the group Citizens Against Government Waste. David Williams is…