Government Efficiency Act Does Not Sunset Federal Programs

Later this week, the House will vote on the Government Efficiency Act (GEA). Contrary to media reports, this is not a sunset bill. The GEA simply establishes the framework for a bipartisan federal government review commission that would be given the task of recommending ways to make the federal government more efficient. It neither automatically eliminates programs nor automatically closes federal agencies.

A Commission recommendation on government efficiency would go through the regular committee process on an expedited schedule. Committees could amend the recommendation before it goes to the full body for a mandatory vote. The Commission would be a helpful tool for Congress to provide better oversight over the federal government, and I am hopeful it will receive bipartisan support.

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