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house Bill H.R. 378

Increasing Cash Bonuses for Federal Employees Who Identify Unnecessary Spending

Argument in favor

Federal agencies should make a concerted effort to find ways to save taxpayer money, and increasing cash bonuses for employees who identify unnecessary expenses will get them proactively involved in that effort.

Dave.Land's Opinion
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10/09/2017
Of course, $20,000 should be the ceiling. The actual reward should be commensurate with the amount saved. For example, calling out the vice President for wasting a quarter million dollars for a political stunt about football players should be worth $20k right there.
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Brian's Opinion
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10/09/2017
I'm inclined to vote yes, but this should be governments mentality. From TuckerWantsLiberty: How about you enact budget cuts, with no guaranteed annual growth, and then tell them to figure it out. I think the assumption that all these agencies waste money is spot on. But instead of incentivizing through rewards for reporting, how about incentivizing through "Your agency now has 10% less money. Find the most wasteful 10% to eliminate, and prove that that doesn't include your own job."
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Matt's Opinion
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10/08/2017
Cost-cutting is important and, unfortunately, altruism isn’t enough of a motivator for most people. Our economy, like any economy, is driven by incentives. If a Federal employee gets $20,000 for finding $1,000,000 in savings, I think it’s worth it. Some people bring up the valid point of cost-cutting as a job performance metric, which should eliminate the need for incentivizing the money saving process. I would argue that identifying waste is an auditing process on top of budget management. If you incentivize current employees to audit the systems and budgets they already work with, you can eliminate the exponentially more expensive process of hiring an external auditing firm or establishing an internal one. This builds a sustainable and incentivized process into the system rather than creating another one. Furthermore, our job market is based on performance, but that performance must be incentivized. Managing an existing budget is already a daunting task. Adding investigative and auditing requirements without an incentive would result in nothing. If the budget is already accounted for and approved by the government, all the employee has to do is maintain it as is to meet performance standards.
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Argument opposed

There’s no reason to broaden the cash bonus program for federal employees who identify unnecessary costs — such awards are already available through agencies’ Office of the Inspector General on a smaller scale.

DenisePfeifer's Opinion
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10/09/2017
$20,000 reward to incentivize people to make common sense decisions about how our taxpayer dollars are spent? If cost reduction is not already built into someone’s annual job performance accountabilities, that’s the first problem that should be addressed. Think about it...isn’t it kind of backwards to say” hmm, maybe if we give employees $20,000 they’ll come forward with cost savings ideas.” How about you do what the rest of us have to do in our civilian jobs. “You’re required to reduce your budget by 10% this year. Submit your budget reductions and justifications by the end of the week for review and approval.”
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Chris's Opinion
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10/09/2017
Here's an idea: How about the Trump Administration nominates an inspector general whose job it is to monitor for wasteful and abusive spending?
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Brian's Opinion
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10/09/2017
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” ~Benjamin Franklin
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed October 11th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 115-341.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 246.
  • action
    Mr. Russell moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
  • action
    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 378.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed October 11th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2017

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    Of course, $20,000 should be the ceiling. The actual reward should be commensurate with the amount saved. For example, calling out the vice President for wasting a quarter million dollars for a political stunt about football players should be worth $20k right there.
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    $20,000 reward to incentivize people to make common sense decisions about how our taxpayer dollars are spent? If cost reduction is not already built into someone’s annual job performance accountabilities, that’s the first problem that should be addressed. Think about it...isn’t it kind of backwards to say” hmm, maybe if we give employees $20,000 they’ll come forward with cost savings ideas.” How about you do what the rest of us have to do in our civilian jobs. “You’re required to reduce your budget by 10% this year. Submit your budget reductions and justifications by the end of the week for review and approval.”
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    Here's an idea: How about the Trump Administration nominates an inspector general whose job it is to monitor for wasteful and abusive spending?
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    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” ~Benjamin Franklin
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    That is unnecessary spending in itself
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    How about you enact budget cuts, with no guaranteed annual growth, and then tell them to figure it out. I think the assumption that all these agencies waste money is spot on. But instead of incentivizing through rewards for reporting, how about incentivizing through "Your agency now has 10% less money. Find the most wasteful 10% to eliminate, and prove that that doesn't include your own job." That way we don't even have to incentivize them to cut waste. We cut the waste FIRST, and THEN they are incentivized not to BE the waste.
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    Why reward these people with more unnecessary spending for doing their job?
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    I will dignify this question when hell freezes over!
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    What $10K is not enough of a bonus? I never got a $10K bonus for cost-cutting measures in the private sector. Why should be allow our tax dollars to be wasted even more? I suggest a new cost-cutting measure across the entire government -- stop allowing theatrical stunts like the expensive trip the VP took to NOT watch a football game yesterday. I know William Shakepeare once said All the world's a stage, but I do not believe the government of the US should be treated as a theater with the tax payers footing the salaries of the actors.
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    This bill is ridiculous. We want federal employees to identify wasteful spending and when they do they get rewarded with wasteful spending. $20,000 is way too much. That's already 2/3rd's of what the average American makes in a year. There should be a bonus to incentivize employees, but this amount is absurd.
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    We should be getting rid of the spend it or lose it mentality. How about have a budget and stick to it.
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    You don’t need a bonus for doing your job correctly!
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    Reduce the award from $20k to $5k per person. There, I just saved the government 75% of this program’s cost. Should I get an award? Seriously though, awards should be percentage based with a cap, not flat rate. Judge the award based upon it’s total impact not just that it had an impact.
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    This seems like it would be abused way too easily. Like paying a $10,000 bonus for saving five cents a year.
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    Stop hiring thieves! Change laws to make it possible to fire incompetent or corrupt employees
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    Shouldn’t employees be doing this anyways without the incentive of a bonus?
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    This is ridiculous. It's is a given that part of governmental jobs is to figure a way to save money for the taxpayers. Trump's Swamp Bunch is the problem. I agree with Benjamin Franklin: “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
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    Isn't this the job of our representatives already? This is a poor proposal and our representatives should be held accountable for finding useless spending or overspending without needing incentives. Bonuses? Really? This is and should be a standard requisite for office.
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    Really??
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    Unnecessary spending to identify unnecessary spending is America in a nutshell.
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