Gore: Been there, done that
- By William Matthews
- May 01, 2000
While Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush prepares a blueprint
for a smaller, more effective, technology- assisted government, Democratic
hopeful Al Gore claims that such a government is already under construction,
thanks to his National Partnership for Reinventing Government initiative.
In an address to federal workers April 21, Gore claimed NPR has already
saved $137 billion because it:
* Reduced the federal government by 350,000 employees.
* Eliminated more than 200 outdated federal programs.
* "Slashed more than 16,000 pages of red tape," he said.
Like Bush, Gore cites business as the model for more efficient government.
"It's easy to see a revolution in the workplace where the private sector
is concerned, because of new management approaches, new technologies, new
efficiencies, new reinventions," Gore said in a speech at the Third Reinvention
Revolution Conference in Washington, D.C.
The administration aimed to spark similar reform in the public sector.
"We wanted a government that sees citizens as customers to be respected
and served," he said, adding that now there is evidence of progress. "We're
headed in the right direction for a change. Today, our self-government is
leaner, more effective, and more customer focused."