I agree, it's time to get tough on government spending and management of programs ("Political Landscape: Bill tough on government," June 17). The passage of the Government Efficiency, Effectiveness and Performance Improvement Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff, is a welcome ray of light on a problem that concerns us all.
Too often, the performance of government agencies is seen as either overbearing or asleep at the switch. For many informed observers of the activities of government agencies, the Government Efficiency and Performance Improvement Act is a major step toward eliminating mismanagement and waste in government.
The bill requires that every five years, government agencies, along with the Office of Management and Budget must identify and demonstrate the continuing value of their goals and the effectiveness of their management. Quarterly reports assessing their strengths and weaknesses in achieving their mission, along with a performance improvement council, are also required and would allow the Government Accountability Office to determine the agencies' efficiency in spending taxpayer dollars.