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Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 08/04/2011

A redundant commission to cut redundancies

In June: “D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has selected a former chief technology officer for the city to help root out wasteful spending and find potential new non-tax revenues.”

Today: “Brown said he will probably push to establish a commission to explore potential cuts and savings to the city’s budget. Brown said the commission would include government officials and citizens who will work to ferret out ‘wasteful spending within the government.’”

In the midst of a fight with Gray over when a new tax on out-of-state municipal bounds should go into effect, D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown today offered to establish a committee that would work to ferret out waste and inefficiency in the District’s government. The idea, while noble in its own right, closely mirrors a step Gray himself took two months ago when he appointed former D.C. Chief Technology Officer Suzanne Peck to do pretty much the same thing.

In short, we’d have two bodies doing what one could pull off just fine if everybody just cooperated.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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