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The (86,000) budget-cutting ideas that got away

Publié par Clifford Armion le 28/03/2013

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David A. Fahrenthold

After President Obama set up a national online suggestion box asking federal workers for new ways to cut the budget, 86,000 ideas came in. Some, inevitably, were a little odd.
One suggested that Transportation Security Administration officers scour airport floors for loose change. Another said Boy Scouts could wash government cars for low pay (and a merit badge). Another: To save on federal weed-control efforts, use “Government Goats.”
But many others were more serious, sent in by people who had seen real government waste close up: Stop the “use it or lose it” budgeting policy, which leads agencies to blow taxpayer money at year’s end; stop giving paper calendars to workers who already have online calendars ; stop letting every armed service design its own camouflage.
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"The (86,000) budget-cutting ideas that got away", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 22/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-86-000-budget-cutting-ideas-that-got-away