- Close military depots: An additional round of base closures targeted specifically at maintenance depots could save $1.7 billion over 10 years, the report estimates. The Bush administration stated that further rounds of base closures "will be necessary" in its budget blueprint.
- Eliminate the free or low-cost transfer of federal property: The General Services Administration could save $500 million over 10 years by selling surplus federal buildings at market value, instead of giving excess buildings to state and local governments for free or at little cost.
- Cut the number of political appointees: Capping the number of political appointees at 2,200 would save more than $700 million in salaries over the next 10 years, according to the report. But political appointees help the President maintain control over the federal bureaucracy, the report noted.
- End free parking subsidies: Forcing federal employees to pay commercial parking rates could earn the government $1.3 billion over 10 years. But the measure would reduce employees' total compensation and federal workers in the Washington area would foot the bill for about 75 percent of the charge.
- Repeal the Service Contract Act: The 1965 Service Contract Act indexes the pay of contract workers in a certain area to that of non-contractor employees doing similar work. Repealing this law could save at least $9.8 billion over 10 years, but would reduce the compensation of contractor employees and potentially undermine collective bargaining agreements.
- Allow agencies to bargain for electricity: The government could save $517 million over 10 years if agencies were allowed to buy power on a competitive basis, the report says. Currently, the government buys about half of its power through the Department of Defense. Several bills in the 106th Congress would have allowed all customers to purchase power in a competitive market.
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