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CCAGW Sends Letter to House Urging the Formation of a New Grace Commission

Letters to Officials

January 27, 2021

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to sign onto the letter being circulated by Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and Ed Case (D-Hawaii), asking President Biden to reconvene a President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (PPSSCC) or a similar advisory committee for the purpose of investigating and reporting on opportunities to cut waste and inefficiency in the federal government.

On June 30, 1982, President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12369, which authorized “an advisory committee to study cost control in the Federal Government … [t]he Executive Committee of the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal Government composed of not more than 150 members appointed by the President from among citizens in private life.”  The President appointed the late industrialist J. Peter Grace as chairman, which led to the PPSSCC being more commonly known as the Grace Commission.  Fully funded by the private sector at no cost to taxpayers, the Grace Commission made 2,478 recommendations that could save $424.4 billion over three years once they were fully implemented.  Savings to date from Grace Commission and other waste-cutting recommendations supported by CCAGW total more than $1.9 trillion.

As the nation continues to grapple with the economic effects of a global pandemic, and the federal government may spend up to $5 trillion on COVID-19 relief legislation, it is more critical than ever to find ways in which federal agencies can reduce costs and eliminate wasteful spending and inefficiencies.  By reconvening a new PPSSCC, the President and Congress can work together to improve services, reduce costs, and create a more effective and efficient federal government through implementation of the commission’s recommendations.

For these reasons, I strongly urge you to sign onto the letter to the President currently being circulated by Reps. Bergman and Case.  Thank you for your support of this effort.


Tom Schatz

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