Title: NPR Phase II: Alice M. Rivlin Remarks
Author: Alice M. Rivlin, Office of Management and Budget
Date: December 1994
* EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT *
* OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET *
Statement of Alice M. Rivlin
Office of Management and Budget
As you have heard, the President is proposing today
bold changes in five agencies -- changes that appear
revolutionary to those who work in or deal with these
agencies. These five agencies are very different. What
unifies their plans?
* For one thing, they will help pay for the President's
middle class tax cut (along with extensions in the
caps or. discretionary spending).
* For another, they will shrink the size and
intrusiveness of the federal government.
* But maybe most important of all, they arise from our
very serious rethinking of the essential role of the
federal government in relation to state and local
governments and the private sector.
Over several decades, federal agencies have accumulated
a wide variety of roles and missions, offices and
activities. The result has been a plethora of programs
with different rules and objectives.
Now is the time to sort out the roles and missions. It
is time to ask basic questions: Should the federal
government be doing all these things? Should it be
making all these decisions? Should it be handing out
all these specific little grants?
The Administration has asked these questions in five
agencies -- the leading edge of a government
revolution. You will hear our specific answers from
these agency heads. But, generally speaking:
* Many decisions now made in Washington would be better
made closer to the people being served -- by states
or local communities. They know best what
transportation needs are, what housing needs are, how
best to spend federal money as well as their own
* Some activities not appropriate for any level of
government would be performed more effectively by the
private sector or by public entities subject to
incentives and pressures of private sector
* Some activities must remain in Washington while being
performed more effectively. That's why we have
decided not to abolish any major agencies