Chaffetz: Time to Move Agencies Out of Washington

Newsmax | 1/11/2017 | Staff
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a resolution as "the first step toward decentralizing federal agencies," the Washington Examiner reports.

"Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates," he said Tuesday. "As it stands, decision makers at various agencies are largely shielded from the impact of their decisions.

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"This resolution is the first step toward decentralizing federal agencies and initiating a process that shares the wealth of stable federal jobs with other communities across the United States," he added. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to identify locations where these agencies can best serve the American people."

Chaffetz contends that the increased ease of communication thanks to modern technology allows federal agencies to operate outside of Washington, D.C.. His resolution claims a correlation between the high number of agencies in D.C. and the high median income in the surrounding area.

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Some agencies "should be relocated outside the District of Columbia," the resolution said. It also requested that agency heads "recommend appropriate alternate locations throughout the United States to which their respective agency or military department can be relocated."

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