Rep. Swalwell Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Save Hundreds of Billions in Government Waste

May 21, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today co-sponsored H.R. 1999, the bipartisan Savings, Accountability, Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Act.  The legislation cuts up to approximately $200 billion in wasteful government spending over the next 10 years by eliminating duplication and increasing efficiency.

The SAVE Act implements several of the cost-cutting recommendations outlined in the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) annual report to Congress on redundant or wasteful federal government spending. The legislation was developed by the United Solution Caucus, a bipartisan group of Freshman Members co-created by Rep. Swalwell to find bipartisan solutions to our deficit, grow the economy and create jobs.

“Our national deficit is a national challenge that we have to address head on,” said Rep. Swalwell. “This bill notably targets wasteful government spending but not at the expense of programs that invest in our future or serve as part of our safety net. I came to Congress committed to working in a bipartisan fashion, and this bill is an example of what we can accomplish when we put aside partisan politics.  From the beginning, the members of the United Solutions Caucus have demonstrated we are ready to lead, and this first bill is a giant step forward to bring Congress together.”

The SAVE Act finds savings through the following measures:

  • Requiring the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to align its fee structure with inspection costs to eliminate overruns;
  • Eliminating a duplicative catfish inspection program within the USDA;
  • Consolidating data centers across federal agencies to allow for cost savings and increased efficiency;
  • Strengthening oversight of federal agencies' major information technology investments;
  • Improving the ability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to find and eliminate fraud through better data collection and analysis;
  • Improving best practices in federal agency contract competition to reduce the number of noncompetitive contracts and to reduce expenses;
  • Promoting strategic sourcing across federal agencies, leveraging massive federal buying power to lower prices;
  • Improving management and utilization of the government’s 400,000 buildings to reduce expenses on excess or underutilized space;
  • Requiring the White House to identify and eliminate duplicative programs across the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from older diesel engines; and
  • Clarifying the authority of the Department of Energy to sell excess depleted uranium under certain restrictions.