Federal budget: What would you cut?

We’re asking federal workers, contractors and anyone else with an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the federal government to answer a simple question: what really needs to be trimmed from the federal budget? To propose your own specific cuts – and explain how -- click here. Browse the various departments, agencies, and programs below to see what others have already suggested.

Agriculture Department

Subsidies for large agri-business. The set-up right now rewards conglomerate farming of cash crops and penalizes organic, sustainable farming of food crops. We have a health crisis in this country that stems in large part from the lack of availability of affordable, fresh foods not contaminated with pesticides, hormones, and other toxic additives. The impact of large-scale farming on the health of our water and soil is equally serious. Our incentive program is backwards and contributes to our excessive healthcare spending, not to mention environmental damage. It's time to reward the people who do it right and let the Monsantos of this world fend for themselves in the marketplace -- they're not exactly tender, delicate shoots in need of protection anymore, now, are they?

--Fenbeast of Portland, ME

Commerce Department

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Defense Department

Budget for military assets in Korea, Japan and Europe. We have an Army, Navy and Air Force larger than all our allies combined, which are essentially remnants of World War II, Korea and the Cold War. Japan, Korea and Western Europe include many of the world's largest economies. They are fully capable of protecting their interests.

--Eestiman of Lexington, MO

Department of Defense procurements would also be looked at under a microscope: any contractors overcharging for supplies, materials, workforce, 'administrative overhead', or unreasonable other expenses would have their contracts immediately terminated for cause, and it would be immediately re-bid, and the original contractor debarred from bidding on further government contracts for a period of 3 years.

We cannot realistically address the deficit while declaring 80% of spending off limits. Change the name of the "Department of Defence" back to the "Department of War" so that congress must explicitly vote to fund our foreign wars as such. Listen to the military when they say a weapons system is not needed and should not be funded.

--Thousand Oaks, California

Do we really need 22 aircraft carrier groups? Could we cut our nuclear submarine force in half without doing any damage? Do we REALLY need an F-35? How about throwing all of Star Wars in the wastebasket after all of these decades? Why do we really need to spend $80B+ on our intelligence budget when open source intelligence does a pretty damn good job of supplying information for the most part? Barney Frank has said that we could cut $400 billion out of the Defense budget without affecting our readiness, and I believe him.

--Eugene, OR

Our deficit started growing when we started fighting 2 wars in the middle east, necessitating increased defense spending. Defense spending is, on average, 8 times that of other agencies. Clearly, it has the most room for cuts, but instead gets a budget increase. Entitlements are a drop in the bucket compared to defense, and yet that is where everyone cries to cut. Entitlements are annoying, but they aren't the problem. We didn't have a deficit until we started spending for 2 wars (and now Libya). Coupled with that, historically wars have been accompanied by tax increases (WW2, 94% on earners over 1 million). Bush cut taxes and increased defense spending. We managed to maintain a defense budget of roughly $300 billion from 1987 to 2001. Defense allotment went from $306 billion in 2001 to $689 billion currently. The defense budget is out of control. We need to pull out of the middle east and cut our defense budget.

--tracy.fields of Springfield, OR

Close bases all over the world, with the exception of sufficient personnel to secure our embassies. Cut defense spending back to Year 2000. Stop all foreign aid for war materials. Make sure that foreign aid is confined to economic aid,(food,medicine,necessities only). Cut all aid to Israel until they agree to a separate and independent state for Palestine. Cut out government subsidies for oil companies, and for large agricultural conglomerates, stop all subsidies to any corporation, unless the subsidy guarantees new jobs.

--koolwoman of Dallas, TX

Let's close down NATO. It's a relic of the Cold War. That would save $100 billion a year. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has called for ending our commitment to it. Where is everyone else in Congress?;

--enegin of Washington, DC

Education Department

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Energy Department

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Environmental Protection Agency

Management. The layers of management are insane...it takes thirteen steps and five layers to get a signature from our Office Director, more to get a signature to the Assistant Secretary/Adminsitrator.

--EPA employee

EPA cuts are also a good move. After the wonderful global warming phenomenon that scientists say will destroy this planet turns out to be highly questionable on whether that's actually true. Spending all this money on green energy research and trying to create a green economy is counterproductive. There is no such thing as green energy. Everything has a carbon footprint of some kind. Leave it to the private sector to figure that one out in a cost effective manner.

Health and Human Services Department

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Homeland Security Department

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Housing and Urban Development Department

Stop housing active substance abusers in subsidized apartments, especially dual substance abusers. They are no good for the neighborhoods, let alone the complexes where they live; have no regard for others, they bring property values down, in some ares many of the calls to police are about their behavior; they claim it's their disability; what about the rights of everyone else to a peaceful & quite enjoyment of their home?

--llm.lavoie of Waltham, MA

Interior Department

The National Park Service--specifically it's management of "recreation areas." We have the Forest Service, we have BLM, Army Corps and who knows who else all managing mixed use federal land. But when the NPS is thrown into urban recreation management? Well of a course a 2400 page action plan on dog poop results...

--Retired federal employee

All subsidies to oil and coal industry, agricultural subsidies in most cases, defense should be cut by 25%.

--Department of Interior employee

As a retired federal employee, I have written to the White House and OMB about the office I retired from, Office of the Special Trustee (OST). In 2004, OST management established an Office of Trust Records (OTR), in Lenexa, KS. OTR duplicated the role that the National Archive Record Administration (NARA) was performing in relation to storing and indexing trust records. OST management also established an office to perform the functions for Office of Historical Trust Accounting (OHTA) which had the oversight of supervising a contractor who indexed and copied the same trust records that OTR had been taxed with indexing, in Lenexa, KS. It resulted in OST management having 3 different parts of the agency duplicating work which is a hugh waste of money, in my opinion.

--Employee of Office of Special Trustee (retired)

Justice Department

The DOJ Antitrust Division and the FTC both have antitrust departments. They also both have groups of people who's sole job it is to fight with the other on who get to oversee what mergers.

--Washington, DC

Labor Department

The Department of Labor proposed rules last year to weed out for-profit schools that are reaping huge profits from federal student loan programs but are clearly incapable of producing graduates who will have the earning power to repay their loans. The standards the department proposed were -- from a taxpayer's perspective -- ridiculously low. Even if only 35% of a school's graduates are paying back their loans, the school would remain eligible to receive funds from student loans under the DOL plan. Unfortunately, since many schools, including the Washington Post Company's Kaplan College, can't even meet that joke of a standard, the industry's response has been to launch a lobbying effort to keep the student loan funds flowing into their coffers. This seems to have caused some members Congress who claim to be looking diligently for ways to cut the budget to look right past the $10 billion or so in annual savings that they could have achieved by simply telling the DOL to implement the rules they wrote last year without changes.

--exco

Overall Cuts and Suggestions

I think the workforce needs to be looked at. What I mean by that is there are a lot of workers who are not doing 100% of what they should be doing. Due to such things as the misuse of EEO, there are a lot of employees that are able to hold onto their postitions, collect paychecks, and not do what they were hired to do. This creates more work for those who do their jobs as well as a waste of taxpayer's money. A really good way to accomplish this is to do a overhaul of the PMAP system that is the performance based system that the grade scaled federal employees are on. Under this system, most employees receive a fully successful even if they are not performing their duties due to their supervisor's fear of backlash from that employee. If the PMAP system can be redone in order to have it more based on performance, employees that are not performing can be let go easier and this will cut costs.

--NIH employee

Congressional health care and pensions are unconscionably high, and considering their recent behaviors, unwarranted. Who else gets a lifetime pension and lifetime health care for as little as a few years of service? Who else gets such benefits if they are fired by their employer? I would also cut their staffs and their travel budgets.

--pk of Silver Spring, MD

The salaries and all other expenses of federal elected officials should be reduced by one per cent for each year since the last year in which income exceeded expenditures. These expenses would not be increased until all of the debt accumulated in the meantime has been repaid. This provision could be enforced by any citizen.

--caldey of Springfield, VA

Taxes are payments you compel on the threat of putting someone in jail. Similarly, if you would not jail someone for not supporting a program, it should be cut until the government runs a surplus. So, I would means test all entitlement programs and subsidy programs (Medicare, Social Security to the extent the payments exceed the taxes paid, farm subsidies, eliminate all tax exemptions while lowering the rate but increasing the total revenue, increase captial gains taxes (with five levels depending on how short the item is held), and decrease discretionary spending by 10% per year until the budget is balanced. (If it is discretionary, we can't afford it now.)

--ashland of Ashland, MO

We need to RAISE taxes. First, we need to undo the Bush era tax cuts on those making $250K and up. Also, we need to reinstitute the estate tax, and we need to raise both the earnings ceiling on social security and increase the Medicare tax. These could be easily phased in over the next 2-3 years to avoid hurting the economy.

--Tony Maxey of Red Bluff, CA

"Pay increases accorded for longevity should be abolished, replaced with a hybrid system of: 1) COLAs [Cost of Living Adjustments]: everybody gets these, as funding allows and 2) Merit pay increases: based on merit, as funding allows, and after all COLAs are paid. In addition, promotions shouldn't require a mountain of paperwork, and terminations shouldn't, either."

--Seattle, WA

State Department

Forgien Aid. All in some cases and some in all cases. IE Pakistan, Middle East Countries who are oil producers.

The state department also needs deeper cuts. Economic aid to other countries can't be happening if our country is going to end up something similar. Get our own finances straight and then you can spread peace on earth.

Transportation Department

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Treasury Department

Social Security: (1) Keep the program based on its historical purpose. When it was enacted, the general US population's average retirement age was ___ and the average life expectancy (men and women averaged) was ___. The difference between the two ages should be the period when social security benefits are paid currently. The retirement age should be adjusted every five years based on updated life expectancy rates. EXAMPLE: If the average life expectancy in the 1930s was 73 and the retirement age was 64 (9 years of retirement on social security), then the retirement age for social security going forward should be the 2011 average life expectancy less 9 years. To the extent there is a large disparity in the retirement age under current law and the 'new' reirement age, the spread should be phased in over the same # of years as the difference (add 1yr longer per year of disparity).

(2) Social Security payments received by individuals with adjusted gross income > 500k (or $1m jointly) should be subject to 100% tax. If a reciepent knows they will be above the threshold, they could make an irrevocable election with SSA to forgo payments for the balance for the next year (or permanently) - thus not taking them into income. The election would not affect survivor benefits.

--Department of Treasury Employee

The IRS comprises several divisions, each headed by executives. Each division comprises several offices (in my own division, there are 11), also headed by executives. Within each office are further units or functions, with managers who lead other managers, who – in many cases – lead other managers. Bottom line, there are way too many levels of management, too many executives, too much duplication of effort, too many meetings, etc. We simply have too much “managing” going on: meetings about meetings, time spent fine-tuning the administration of the organization, and so on. We could greatly reduce our budget by simplifying the management areas of responsibility, thereby reducing the executive and upper-level management ranks. We also have too many employees (many of them in higher pay brackets) in the administrative areas, and too few in the field, assisting taxpayers. (By the way, I work in headquarters, so I don’t say this out of malice, but based on first-hand observation.) We could accomplish reducing the payroll at the administrative end through simple attrition. Many employees and managers in those offices are at or near retirement age. These would also be some of the higher grades. Some employees may be reluctant to retire in these perilous times, but buy-outs would get things moving. We could achieve significant payroll reduction in 5-7 years. It’s even possible that we could save enough to increase hiring in field positions, where more help is needed. The difficulty, of course, is that headquarters is also where these decisions are made. Executives are understandably hesitant to cut their own throats, or those of their colleagues. It's much easier to slash the payroll of those guys "out there," or to cut the non-payroll budget.

--IRS Employee

Veterans Affairs Department

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US AID

A BBC news report stated that USAID has made a grant of $20 million to Rafi Peer Theater group to create a local version of Sesame Street. This isn't just translating Sesame Street into Pakistani, it's creating Pakistani characters. I'm sure an argument can be made for this, but doesn't it seem that we should go through the entire budget and eliminate unnecessary programs, given that we're borrowing $1.6 trillion a year for these programs?

--Benson