Perhaps a better way to realize reductions and efficiencies would be to put forth legislation that requires agencies to put a proposal together for a 15% reduction. Why disempower the agency in the belief that a bi-partisan committee of politicians would know better than the agency where expenses can be cut. When forced to cut budgets, it's amazing what people are able to do. It's what typically happens in the corporate world. Budget managers are asked to reduce budgets by a certain %. If they want to do new unfunded things that year, they figure out ways to cut one area to fund another. Also, build in some incentives for agencies that are able to go beyond their target reduction goal. Ask them to eliminate unnecessary regulations and present their findings and recommendations to the senate/house for approval.