Campaign to Cut Waste,” which will be headed up by Vice President Joe Biden, Cabinet secretaries and agency watchdogs.
The results of tighter budgets are felt all over the country, through all levels of government and the private sector. Locally, residents in Philadelphia have heard more than their share of the words “spending cuts.”
A widely read report that circulated throughout the government pointed out that governmental duplication, overlap and waste accounted for billions of dollars each year. Funding went towards many overlapping offices and agencies including 100 different programs dealing with transportation and 15 for food safety. Other areas that would benefit from higher efficiency mentioned in the report were homeless programs, government food programs, and an inordinate amount of government training programs which could be consolidated. Mentioned extensively within the report was the Department of Defense on topics ranging from its wartime budget to its medical records.
Also on the list of waste to be cut are about 2,000 .gov websites, including one in particular that has already been shut down featuring a group of fiddling forest rangers. Seriously.
With so many websites on the chopping block, one questions if the local phila.gov/311 site will make the cut. Considering its ability to somehow retard information, as does the call line, I guess we will have to wait and see.
Philadelphia is notorious for upholding the status quo when it comes to office overlaps. As anyone who has ever tried to get a license / permit / inspection in this city is well aware, wading through multiple levels of bureaucratic overlay when attempting to file / request / follow-up with paperwork in one of the city’s many departments, can be redundant, to say the least. The concept of cleaning house sure does sound inviting.