Government Reform

The Brian Lehrer Show

Gov. Jon Huntsman on Bipartisan Cooperation

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brian Lehrer talks with Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and would-be Republican presidential candidate, about his new leadership role in the group No Labels.

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The Empire

Cuomo: it's about efficiency, not grabbing power

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

By Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’s trying to make government more efficient by taking pre-audit oversight powers away from the State’s Comptroller in his state budget proposal.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli criticized Cuomo’s proposal, saying the pre-audits have saved millions of dollars by flagging potential problems in the contracts. Cuomo says he’s not taking away the comptroller’s authority but trying to speed up an inefficient procurement process. The governor suggests some of the pre audits significantly delay the contract process.

“Let’s slow down every contract for three months,” Cuomo said. “And what is the benefit, how many times do you actually find something? All of these are a balance.”

Cuomo says the Comptroller and others are simply resisting reform of what he says is a “historically dysfunctional government”.

“If you try to streamline contracting there’s going to be opposition,” said Cuomo. “Any change brings opposition.”

Office of General Services commissioner RoAnn DeStito  says the proposed change only effects a small number of contracts, and she says the comptroller can always stop payment if any red flags are raised later.

Cuomo says just because he and the Comptroller disagree on the issue doesn’t mean they don’t have a good relationship, and he says the thinks DiNapoli is a “good comptroller”. Cuomo says he last spoke to DiNapoli in early January, at his State of the State speech.

Comptroller DiNapoli, in a statement, offered a response.

“Most contracts are approved within 13 days, and one-third are approved within five days. All levels of government need checks and balances to ensure that errors have not occurred and that the process was done in a fair and open way,” the Comptroller said. “Why change something that works?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Columbia to the District of Columbia

Monday, January 16, 2012

Reuters White House correspondent, Andy Sullivan, and national political reporter for POLITICO, Reid Epstein, discuss President Obama's speech on restructuring government agencies to the latest from the 2012 GOP race -- from Stephen Colbert's jumping in to Jon Huntsman's getting out.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Calls for Consolidation Authority, Shrinking Government

Friday, January 13, 2012

While Republican presidential candidates continue to call for smaller government and fewer federal agencies, Barack Obama this morning proposed to consolidate six departments focused on business and trade.


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Watch: President Obama Speaks on Government Reform

Friday, January 13, 2012

President Obama is scheduled to give a speech at 11:20 a.m. about shrinking the size of the federal government.