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Sen. Hillary Clinton Outlines 10-Point Government Reform Plan

Sen. Hillary Clinton at the NHIOPIn a major policy speech before a capacity crowd at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Sen. Hillary Clinton proposed a series of measures to restore Americans’ confidence in their government by increasing transparency and cutting waste and corruption.

Clinton would ban cabinet officials from lobbying her administration and strengthen whistleblower protections to encourage those uncovering fraud and abuse.

Clinton vowed to end no-bid contracts and post all contracts and agency budgets online. She also pledged to implement an America Results initiative to track the effectiveness of government programs and make the findings public.

"When I'm President, the entrance to the White House will no longer be a revolving door for just the well-connected — but a door of opportunity for the well-qualified," Clinton said.

Clinton pledged to cut the number of government contractors by 500,000, saving between $10 and $18 billion a year, and track and eliminate unnecessary corporate subsidies through a new agency focused on evaluating corporate welfare.

Finally, Clinton proposed harnessing the latest information technology to make government scientists' findings public on critical issues like global warming and food and drug safety.

Clinton's 10-point plan includes:

  • Banning Cabinet Officials from Lobbying a Hillary Clinton Administration
  • Strengthen Whistleblower Protections
  • Creating a Public Service Academy
  • Ending No-Bid Government Contracts and Post All Contracts Online
  • Cutting 500,000 Government Contractors
  • Restore the Office of Technology Assessment
  • Publishing Budgets for Every Government Agency
  • Implementing Results America Initiative to Track Government Effectiveness
  • Tracking and Eliminating Corporate Welfare
  • Expanding Voting Access and Safeguarding Machines

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