Gardner to federal employees: Help us find cost savings

WASHINGTON D.C. – As sequestration cuts begin to take effect, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) is urging federal employees to come forth with suggestions to make sensible and efficient budget reductions within their own departments.

“The President has been needlessly alarming people about sequestration for months, and now his administration is making the most burdensome cuts possible – like furloughing FAA employees and even trying to lay off meat inspectors,” Gardner said.  “It would make much more sense for the President to exercise better discretion and let federal employees suggest where budget cuts should come from.  After all, they are protected by current whistleblower protection laws, so they have nothing to fear coming forward with their own recommendations.”

Gardner will be introducing a “Waste Whistleblower” resolution, which encourages federal employees to come forth and offer ways to make more sensible budget reductions within their agency due to sequestration. 

Tom Schatz, President of Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, praised Gardner’s whistleblower resolution, saying:  “Sequestration has created the need for federal employees in every agency to become more involved than ever in making recommendations to save money.  These individuals should be able to do so without any fear of reprisal.   Rep. Gardner’s resolution will reassure taxpayers and federal workers that steps will be taken to improve government efficiency.”

Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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