Dear Rep. Fleischmann:
On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud you for introducing legislation to limit budget bloat in Washington. Your bill, the Employees of America Streamlining for Your (EASY) Savings Act (H.R.1931), would provide better incentives for federal agencies and grant recipients to return unused funds for deficit reduction.
Federal agencies currently have an incentive to spend every penny they’ve been allocated, since they lose any funds that aren’t spent before the end of the fiscal year. By spending 100 percent of their funds, they can secure even more funds the following year. This is not pocket change—unspent funds represent a considerable amount of money that could otherwise go toward deficit reduction. According to the White House’s own accounting, $797 billion in unspent funds will sit in accounts at federal agencies at the end of fiscal year 2013.
Your legislation would improve the incentive structure that federal employees face by creating an employee suggestion program and rewarding employees who find savings. If her suggestion is accepted and put toward deficit reduction, a federal worker could receive up to 1 percent of the savings with a $10,000 cap. In addition, your legislation would require agencies to report on any and all savings, meaning that Congress and other agencies can share knowledge about successful strategies for reducing spending.
In order to bring spending reform to Washington, we need to make fundamental changes such as improving the incentive structure. Americans for Prosperity is proud to support the EASY Savings Act (H.R.1931). I urge your colleagues to support this legislation, and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity