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.