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THE PRESIDENT'S PRIVATE SECTOR SURVEY ON COST CONTROL
October 1, 1982
The Honorable William D. Ford
and Civil Service
Dear Mr. Chairman:
At the September 15, 1982, hearing, you expressed concern that
The Survey's mandate is set forth in Executive Order 12369, which provides in pertinent part as follows:
Sec. 2. Functions, (a) The Committee shall conduct a private sector survey on cost control in the Federal Government and shall advise the President and the Secretary of Commerce and other Executive agency heads with respect to improving management and reducing costs.
(b) The Committee shall conduct in-depth reviews of the operations of the Executive agencies as a basis for evaluating potential improvements in agency operations.
(c) In fulfilling its functions, the Committee shall consider providing recommendations in the following areas:
(1) Opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced costs in the Federal Government that can be realized by Executive action or legislation;
(2) Areas where managerial accountability can be enhanced and administrative control can be improved;
(3) Opportunities for managerial improvements over both the short and long term;
(4) Specific areas where further study can be justified by potential savings; and
(5) Information and data relating to governmental expenditures, indebtedness, and personnel management. In light of your concern, we conducted an examination of the task forces' operations and, based upon that review, concluded that the task forces are properly discharging their functions. We also discussed the Survey's activities with members of the President's staff familiar with our work and were assured that the Survey's activities are consistent with the President's directive.
As noted earlier, the Survey's charge is to "advise the President and the Secretary of Commerce, and other Executive agency heads with respect to improving management and reducing costs." It has no authority to set policies or otherwise effect changes in the various agencies reviewed. We are hopeful that our recommendations will be constructive and useful. But whether they will be acted upon is entirely up to the President and Congress.
We trust you will agree with our view that the successful completion by PPSS of the assignment given to it by the President, namely, to find ways to reduce the cost of operating the Federal Government, is in the public interest.