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Representative Mike Coffman

Representing the 6th District of COLORADO

Coffman Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Spending

Jul 24, 2014
Press Release
Legislation Implements GAO Recommendations to Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness of Government by Eliminating Wasteful Spending

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  Today, U.S. House Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), along with U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), introduced bipartisan legislation, the Unified Savings and Accountability Act of 2014.  The bill implements recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government by eliminating overlap and duplication in a broad range of federal programs and activities.

“This is a significant and common sense approach to eliminate wasteful spending and make the government more efficient,”  said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Marine Corps Gulf War combat veteran.   “If we do not implement GAO’s suggestions, we will continue to needlessly spend taxpayer dollars.”

“This bipartisan bill cuts wasteful spending and government inefficiencies.  These are non-controversial, common sense solutions that result in significant savings through better management, oversight, and modernization. The USA Act reduces the debt without cutting critical investments or slowing our economic recovery,” said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Coffman’s legislation, the USA Act, would implement recommendations made by GAO in the 2014 Annual Reports to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits.  The cumulative recommendations are projected to save at least $193.4 billion over ten years.

“The provisions in the USA Act are reasonable reforms that will result in substantial savings” said Coffman. “This is a bipartisan effort that will improve the efficiency of the federal government and improve stewardship of federal tax dollars.”

Provisions in the USA Act are listed below: 

(1) Promoting federal contract competition, saving $80 billion

(2) Federal bulk buying, saving $50 billion

(3) Improving the ability of CMS to find and eliminate fraud, saving $33 billion

(4) Consolidating data centers, saving $10 billion

(5) Canceling passports of citizens who owe over $50,000 in taxes, saving $10 billion

(6) Requiring agencies to better manage their information technology investments, saving $6 billion

(7) Strengthening IT investment oversight, saving $4.4 billion

(8) Phasing out the $1 bill and replacing it with a $1 coin, saving $4.4 billion

(9) More effective foreclosure mitigation efforts, saving $2 billion

(10) Increasing reverse auctions in government contracting, saving $1 billion

(11) Requiring Treasury to spend less than the value of money when producing it, saving $1 billion

(12) Federal Real Property Ownership and Leasing, saving $866 million

(13) Enhancing online taxpayer services, saving $200 million

(14) Decreasing our environmental impact by moving to a paperless Congress, which can save $50 million