The Campaign To Cut Waste

Uploaded by whitehouse on 12.06.2011

The President: Hi, everyone!
This stack of books right here is called the Federal Register.
For decades, copies have been printed, bound,
and sent to thousands of government offices all across
the country every single day.
And while you might think that most people just can't wait to
dig into their copy as soon as it arrives,
the truth is no one reads this thing and that's because it's
been available on the Internet for years which means taxpayers
have been funding some pretty expensive doorstops.
So we're putting an end to that, saving you millions
of dollars each year.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Everyone knows that getting rid of the deficit will require some
tough decisions.
And that includes cutting back on billions of dollars
in programs that a lot of people care about.
But what should be easy is getting rid of the pointless
waste and stupid spending that doesn't benefit anybody.
Waste we should be getting rid of even if we didn't have a deficit.
We're off to a good start.
Over the last two years we've pulled the plug on all kinds
of ridiculous practices.
Apparently the government used to overnight containers filled
with nothing.
Don't ask why that is.
Sure, some of these cuts aren't that big.
But no amount of waste is acceptable,
not when it's your money, not at a time when so many
Americans are already cutting back.
Just as families are living within their means,
government should, too, so we could invest in the things that
we know will create good jobs and grow the economy.
Things like education and technology.
Besides, after a while all these cuts add up.
Already we've identified about $33 billion in savings just for
this year.
And we're not finished; not by a long shot.
Did you know the Federal Government pays for a website
devoted to a folk music ensemble made up of forest rangers?
They're called the "Fiddling Foresters."
♪♪ (music playing) ♪♪
I'll put their music on my iPod, but I'm not paying
for their website.
And there are hundreds of similar sites that we should
consolidate or just get rid of.
And, by the way, you're not only paying for websites no
one needs, you're paying for thousands of buildings all
across the country no one uses.
For the last decade the government has owned a massive
and completely empty warehouse in the middle of Brooklyn, for example.
Now, the government hadn't been able to sell this building and
others like it because of red tape and Washington politics
that held things up for years.
But we're finally cutting through all that and plan to get rid of
these buildings in the months ahead.
All of these efforts to target waste and make
government more efficient have been a priority for
my Administration since day one.
But as we work to tackle the budget deficit,
we need to step up our game.
We need to go after every dime.
We need to make government work for you.
That's why, starting today, I've asked the Vice President to lead
a renewed effort to hunt down misspent tax dollars in every
agency and department of this government.
We're calling it "The Campaign To Cut Waste" and I know Joe is
the right man to lead it because nobody messes with Joe!
The Vice President: There's a new standard by which the government
is going to function from this point on.
The American people are entitled to transparency.
By that I mean they're entitled to be able to figure out where
their dollars are going and they're entitled to
accountability to make sure that we're using the dollars for what
we said it was for.
That's our job.
And we take that job very seriously.
Look, a lot of this depends on new, sophisticated methods,
but it also, it also, we know, depends on relentless focus on
making this a priority.
A focus that can't be delegated.
We're holding ourselves accountable and we're deeply
committed and focused on making government function better.
We're not just eliminating fraud and waste.
We hope to be instilling an entire new culture with not
only our Administration, but every succeeding administration
will in fact pursue.
We're going to give you the government you expect
and deserve.
So I want to thank you all.
And we're ready to get to work!