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house Bill H.R. 454

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.

Mitch's Opinion
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03/09/2019
Of course this is from the Republican Party because it makes good business sense. The liberals only want to spend unnecessarily. See AOC.
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Rick 's Opinion
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03/09/2019
Anyone willing to put their neck on the line to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending should be rewarded.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/09/2019
👍🏻👍🏻 H.R. 454 AKA Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House H.R. 454 bill AKA Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019 WHICH would authorize the head of a federal agency to pay a cash award to any employee whose identification of unnecessary expenses resulted in cost savings for the agency. The maximum dollar amount of such an award would be increased from $10,000 to $20,000. Current law only allows Inspectors General (IG) to pay bonuses for federal workers who identify waste, fraud, or mismanagement of funds. 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. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻HR454👍🏻. 3*8*19.........
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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.

Chickie's Opinion
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03/09/2019
Then the same should be true if I, as a taxpayer, reports misspending of #45, certain Administration appointees and/or representatives. No bonuses should be paid for doing the right thing. The misspent money is taxpayer money, as such, it should be repaid to the taxpayer!
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Kate's Opinion
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03/09/2019
Absolutely against this bill. Why should my tax dollars be used to reward government employees for doing their job ETHICALLY! Yes every government employee should be identifying ways to do things more cost effectively. Supervisors that are spending frivolously should be docked pay!! Ex. Who signed off on that $1,500. Cup of coffee??
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03/09/2019
Instead of rewarding the identification of unnecessary expenses, how about will hold people more accountable for the bad decisions or criminal acts that create the expense in the first place?
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What is House Bill H.R. 454?

This bill would authorize the head of a federal agency to pay a cash award to any employee whose identification of unnecessary expenses resulted in cost savings for the agency. The maximum dollar amount of such an award would be increased from $10,000 to $20,000. Current law only allows Inspectors General (IG) to pay bonuses for federal workers who identify waste, fraud, or mismanagement of funds.

If the agency’s Chief Financial Officer determines that the potential unnecessary expenses identified by the employee meet applicable, the unnecessary funds would be transferred to the Treasury’s general fund to be used to reduce the deficit or federal debt (if there’s no current deficit). An agency head wouldn’t be able to retain more than 10 percent of amounts transferred to the general fund.

Certain federal employees would be ineligible for the cash awards, including:

  • An officer serving in a position at level I of the Executive Schedule;

  • The head of an agency;

  • An officer or employee of the Office of the Inspector General of an agency;

  • A commissioner, board member, or other voting member of an independent establishment.

Impact

Federal employees who identify unnecessary expenses; federal agencies; and the Treasury.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 454

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill wouldn’t increase spending or significantly reduce the federal budget.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to strengthen the cash bonus incentive system for federal employees who identify and report unnecessary spending:

“Currently federal agencies strive to spend every cent they are allocated.  In the private sector, however, employees work hard to identify ways to save the organization money and they often get rewarded for their diligence. It is time for federal agencies to do the same and return that savings to the U.S. Treasury.  Our country is in immense debt and my bill presents a practical solution encouraging federal agencies to take a proactive approach to save taxpayer dollars.”

In the current Congress, this bill has the support of one cosponsor, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). Last Congress, this bill passed the House on a voice vote with the support of one cosponsor in the House — Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN).


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend title 5, United States Code, to enhance the authority under which Federal agencies may pay cash awards to employees for making cost saving disclosures, and for other purposes.

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      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2019
    Of course this is from the Republican Party because it makes good business sense. The liberals only want to spend unnecessarily. See AOC.
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    Then the same should be true if I, as a taxpayer, reports misspending of #45, certain Administration appointees and/or representatives. No bonuses should be paid for doing the right thing. The misspent money is taxpayer money, as such, it should be repaid to the taxpayer!
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    Absolutely against this bill. Why should my tax dollars be used to reward government employees for doing their job ETHICALLY! Yes every government employee should be identifying ways to do things more cost effectively. Supervisors that are spending frivolously should be docked pay!! Ex. Who signed off on that $1,500. Cup of coffee??
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    Instead of rewarding the identification of unnecessary expenses, how about will hold people more accountable for the bad decisions or criminal acts that create the expense in the first place?
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    Why are we rewarding federal employees extra for doing their job? They already get paid.
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    Anyone willing to put their neck on the line to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending should be rewarded.
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    It’s ludicrous to solve a money problem by asking employees to report unethical or wasteful spending of money and then pay them money for doing their job ethically. I think I’d like to report employees for requiring payment to be ethical. If u want a bonus get out of the public sector.
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    How about we just stop wasteful spending and as a government employee it should already be part of the normal job description to be fiscally responsible and accountable for ensuring such. If a government employee won’t do this of their own volition, maybe they aren’t actually qualified to be a government employee if they are going to be deceitful or ignore wasteful spending policies.
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    Why ... it’s should be a job expectation!
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    That’s BS. That’s what they are being paid for. If it isn’t part of their job description than it should be
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    👍🏻👍🏻 H.R. 454 AKA Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in support of and recommend the passage of the House H.R. 454 bill AKA Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2019 WHICH would authorize the head of a federal agency to pay a cash award to any employee whose identification of unnecessary expenses resulted in cost savings for the agency. The maximum dollar amount of such an award would be increased from $10,000 to $20,000. Current law only allows Inspectors General (IG) to pay bonuses for federal workers who identify waste, fraud, or mismanagement of funds. 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. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻HR454👍🏻. 3*8*19.........
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    Hell No! That’s their job to do so! Not on my tax dollar!
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    That should just be standard procedure. I do believe it’s a good thing to be responsible We all learn that more money out and less money in causes financial disaster. This idea of whistle blowing for profit sounds like a slippery slope.
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    There is a difference between cost savings and cost avoidance. We need to be diligent and make sure whatever savings it is it makes sense for the long term well fare of everyone.
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    It’s sad that Federal agencies are so bloated that we have to resort to this type of incentive, BUT since making a concerted effort to find ways to save taxpayer money MUST BE A PRIORITY, then increasing cash bonuses for employees who identify unnecessary expenses to proactively involved in that effort MUST BE A PRIORITY TO GET RID OF THE BLOAT.
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    Stop the waste. Begin by stopping "cash bonuses.
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    That’s what they are paid to do This is part of every public servants duty No bonuses
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    I would think this could lead to abuses. What’s wrong with doing something just because it’s the right thing to do? Does money always have to be the motivating factor?
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    Stop giving money to parasites.
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    Do what your paid to do - a job.
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