Sen. Hillary Clinton Outlines 10-Point Government Reform Plan

April 13, 2007

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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9 Responses to “Sen. Hillary Clinton Outlines 10-Point Government Reform Plan”

  1. Bob on April 14th, 2007 7:52 am

    When will America wake-up and see what the real Mrs. William Clinton is really like and the agenda that she is hiding from us all?

  2. Matthew S. on April 14th, 2007 10:19 am

    In a time where government contractors continue to work side by side with federal employees but get paid more and are less accountable for their actions, Senator Clinton’s proposals are what is needed.

    Recently the SARA Panel commissioned by the White House released their findings of the problems facing the acqusition workforce. One of these findings included the over relaince on government contractors in the federal workforce.

    If this is the first draft of her management agenda as president, it’s already 10 times better and more effective than Bush’s President’s Management Agenda that he laid out in 2002.

  3. Scott on April 14th, 2007 4:28 pm

    I get so tired of this “secret life of Hillary Clinton” spiel. She is smart, meticulous, and tough. What is this agenda she is hiding from us all, Bob?

    People say she is so calculating, and use her compromises as a striking point. This I do not understand. Politics IS compromise. This new blogosphere environment is admirable in demanding accountability, but when the far left (and I think I’m PRETTY far left) won’t accept anything more moderate than they are, they’re (we’re) no better than the far right.

    I don’t know what angle this snide comment was made from, whether Bob is a liberal or conservative, but I had to get that out there. The country will do so much better under our first Madame President than it has been doing over the past six years, and I think THAT is the only thing to which we must wake up.

  4. Steve on April 16th, 2007 9:49 am

    Of course no one at this nominally Catholic College would mention that Hillary takes gobs of money from homosexual and abortion groups. That “elephant in the room” never came up right? The idea that Hillary Clinton, scandal queen, is going to clean up government is as absurd as can be. I hope the politics majors here are being taught to be a little more critical than what is represented here.

  5. bob on April 16th, 2007 10:57 am

    Apparently Scott is not from New York State. If he was then he would soon realize the selfish political reasons why both William and Mrs. William Clinton chose NYS for their official residence.

  6. MG on April 16th, 2007 2:55 pm


    I can think of nothing more emblematic of uncritical thinking than simply adhering to Church dogma regarding homosexuality and/or abortion. There may well be logically valid reasons to oppose the agenda of homosexual or “abortion” groups, but appeal to Church authority is certainly not one of them. Appeals to authority and dogma are not appeals to reason.

  7. Matthew S. on April 16th, 2007 8:18 pm


    How about your candidates that take money from the gun lobby and pro dealth penalty groups. Do you selectively choose which dogma you’d like to follow like a person in a cafeteria?

  8. bob on April 17th, 2007 7:04 am

    Let’s face it…..America is not ready for a person who, at her core, does not hold the welfare of all Americans as equally important. If Mrs. William Clinton wants socialism then perhaps she can, once again, conveniently reestablish her residency in another country that embraces this political philosophy.

  9. David on April 19th, 2007 6:22 pm

    I hope Sen. Clinton looks in the mirror as she aspires to rid the government of corruption (remember Whitewater?). With her as president, the White House door may no longer be just for the well connected, but the Lincoln Bedroom probably will return to the well connected.

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