Saturday, April 3, 2010

Government Waste Commission for New Jersey

Shortly after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as Governor of California in 1967, he initiated a commission to identify “waste fraud and abuse” within the operations of the State. Implementation of many of the recommendations of this commission saved California taxpayers millions of dollars.

In 1982, now President Ronald Reagan requested an investigation into waste and inefficiency in the Federal government. He initiated a Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, or PSSCC, generally known as “The Grace Commission” - named for its chairman - businessman J Peter Grace (retired CEO of W.R. Grace and Company, Inc.). Reagan charged the group to:

"Be bold. We want your team to work like tireless bloodhounds.
Don't leave any stone unturned in your search to root out inefficiency”.

After the PSSCC Report was presented, Grace joined with syndication columnist Jack Anderson to form a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization called “Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)” [], in order to continue the work of the PSSCC. CAGW functions as a: Think Tank, government watchdog, and advocacy group for fiscally conservative causes. According to their web site, "CAGW is a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. CAGW's mission is to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government."

The “Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW)” is the lobbying arm of CAGW, organized as a section 501(c)(4) organization, and is therefore permitted to raise awareness of the group and its objectives.

Given the pass success of these projects, the pressing need to bring the fiscal operations of the State of New Jersey under control, and (most importantly) to create a formal “mechanism” to: (a) perform the necessary operational assessment, (b) identify the issues to be addressed, and (c) present recommendations for corrective action and implantation;

NOW THEREFORE, I NOW FORMALLY URGE Governor Chris Christie to create a formal, permeate working group with the Office of the Governor to:

(a) identify and refer to the Attorney General, incidents of Fraud and/or Malfeasance; as well as
(b) eliminating waste,
(c) mismanagement, and
(d) inefficiency within the government of the State of New Jersey; and
(e) where appropriate to make recommendations and referrals to County, and Municipal governmental units.

This group should also include a “whistle-blower provision" whereby citizens and government employees can report matters to the "NJ waste commission" of which there are aware.

We, the Citizens of the State of New Jersey, pay a lot of money to support the various levels of governmental operations ....



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