Lawmaker with an eye on government waste to seek re-election

Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson, a lawmaker who has made eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government a top priority, announced Monday that he will seek reelection in 2002. Thompson said he was leaning toward retirement prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, but that his responsibility to the people of Tennessee and the country in this time of crisis prompted him to seek re-election. "Now is clearly not the time to leave," Thompson said during a press conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday. Thompson, who is the ranking member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, has made accountability in federal agencies a major part of his agenda. As chairman of the committee for four years before the Democrats took control of the Senate in June, he continually pushed lawmakers and other government leaders to hold federal agencies accountable for results by tying their budgets to performance goals.

Earlier this year Thompson asked the General Accounting Office to assess agencies' annual performance plans and reports under the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Under GPRA, federal agencies are required to craft five-year strategic plans, along with annual performance reports and performance plans.

In June, Thompson issued a comprehensive report, "Government at the Brink," detailing management problems in the federal government as a whole and at individual agencies, calling the government's mismanagement "shocking."

Thompson was elected to the Senate in 1994 to serve the remainder of Al Gore's term after Gore left to become Vice President in the Clinton administration. Thompson was reelected to the Senate in 1996.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.