House Administration Democrats Send Cost Saving Recommendations to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
October 13, 2011 (Washington D.C.) Democratic Members of the Committee on House Administration wrote a letter to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction with four cost saving initiatives within the Legislative Branch that will help reduce the deficit and streamline government operations without impacting service.
First, Committee Democrats suggest reining in energy costs in buildings throughout the Legislative Branch. Legislative Branch agencies can adopt simple and effective energy policies, such as adjusting corridor lighting levels and ambient temperatures overnight. Modeled from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s successful “Green the Capitol” initiative, Legislative Branch agencies could save millions by embracing advancements in energy technology and working with employees to reduce energy waste.
Committee Democrats also recommend the expanded use of telecommunications technology to more affordably and effectively communicate with constituents. The House has already saved millions through centralizing technology costs and adopting new rules to accommodate technological advances. Savings from House improvements could net nearly $35 million dollars over ten years. Extending these common sense improvements across the legislative branch will dramatically increase the savings for taxpayers.
Reforming the copyright application process at the Library of Congress was also among the Democrats’ recommendations. Examining the fees paid by applicants could alleviate appropriations for the office. Properly reinvested, the Copyright Office will be able to speed up and streamline their process and clear the existing backlog reducing a regulatory burden for innovators looking to grow our economy.
The fourth and final recommendation is to cut printing costs throughout the federal government by consolidating Executive agency printing at the Government Printing Office. Such a move could save millions in unnecessary duplicate work and millions more in equipment and associated costs.
Democrats at the Committee on House Administration stand committed to the goals established in the Budget Control Act, and are eager to help the Joint Select Committee by identifying areas where we could responsibly reduce costs and continue to serve our constituents