(National Sentinel) Big Government: The next time you hear a member of Congress or a federal agency say there is “no way” to “cut anything” from the federal budget, don’t you believe a word of it.
To give you an idea just how massive the federal bureaucracy has become, and how much of it operates on wasteful auto-pilot, soaking up and burning through tax dollars like a wildfire burns through high desert country during dry California summers, President Donald J. Trump just had to order the end of a program that should have ended 17 years ago, when the end of the computer age as we know it was supposed to occur – and didn’t.
As reported by Bloomberg Politics, there were actually federal employees still working on Y2K-related “readiness,” nearly two decades after nothing happened come Jan. 1, 2000:
Seventeen years after the Year 2000 bug came and went, the federal government will finally stop preparing for it.
The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would eliminate dozens of paperwork requirements for federal agencies, including an obscure rule that requires them to continue providing updates on their preparedness for a bug that afflicted some computers at the turn of the century. As another example, the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year.
“We’re looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters at the White House, likening the president’s move to “cleaning out our closets.”
The administration did away with more than 50 paperwork requirements today; seven of them had to do with Y2K. In sum, OMB said all of the changes would eliminate tens of thousands of man-hours across government (and the resulting payroll necessary to support it).
Mulvaney said he hopes that by publicly eliminating the rules, departments and agencies will be inspired to review their own policies and procedures to reduce inefficiencies, Bloomberg Politics noted.
“Many agencies have forgotten how to deregulate,” he said. “It’s been so long since somebody asked them to look backwards.”
You have to believe if these Y2K nonsensical reporting requirements were still ongoing despite the need for them having been eliminated eons ago, there are probably millions of man hours to yet be saved on other mundane, tedious – and ultimately pointless – tasks federal employees are required to perform.
Keep draining the swamp, Mr. President.