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Ex-GAO Head David Walker Courts Congress on Anti-Waste Panel

David WalkerDavid Walker, head of the Government Transformation Initiative, has proposed a cost-cutting commission and asked Congress to authorize it, FCW reported.

Adam Mazmanian writes the former comptroller general gave testimony on the proposal at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday.

An endorsement will give the commission authority to give Congress an annual round of “specific, actionable recommendations” regarding which government programs to cut, a function Walker told FCW the Government Accountability Office had no power to do.

The commission will be made up of seven members—three presidential appointees and four congressional nominations.

The recommendations will be voted without being subjected to subcommittee scrutiny or amendments, a proposal that FCW said has caught the attention of several federal unions.

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