Some 17 years after the doomsday Y2K scare about computers crashing when the calendar went from 1999 to 2000, the federal government still requires reports on the impact of the event which passed without a whisper of disaster.
That and 58 other outdated, redundant and unnecessary reporting requirements -- some dating to 1997 -- are among a long list of cuts the Office of Management and Budget targeted for elimination Thursday in a memo President Trump hopes other agencies will use as the model in his "War On Waste," according to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.
"Everybody knows we do crap like this," he told a media roundtable. "We do a lousy job of clearing out our closets," added the top Trump official in charge of the president's governmental reorganization effort.
Mulvaney issued a "War On Waste Fact Sheet" and 12-page memo today listing the 59 reporting requirements that will end today. One other outdated requirement: Reporting on the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill the Gulf of Mexico.
"It just clogs the operation of government," said Mulvaney of obsolete reporting rules.
Cutting the red tape past administration's have required will save thousands of dollars and eliminate hundreds of hours of staff work, said OMB Senior Advisor Linda Springer. She added that any new reporting requirements set by OMB will include a sunset provision.
The memo was just "phase one" of a stretched out effort by administration to cut costs by reorganizing the government, eliminating wasteful spending and redundant jobs.
While government agencies have to present their plans to reorganize by the end of June, Mulvaney said he wanted to set an example by "going first" and detailing what his team found and plan to cut.
He and Springer said that top Hill chairmen in charge of government oversight, agency heads, and even career staffers in cabinet departments have taken up the challenge.
Overall, Mulvaney believes the government can cut $140 billion in waste over 10 years and he said that it equals the impact on the economy to tax reform.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org