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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Reinventing Government

Congressman Quigley has long believed government must be consolidated, streamlined, and made more applicable for the 21st century. The mission of government matters, and in order to create the most efficient system possible, we must ask ourselves how we would design government if we were to start over from scratch today: what services would government provide? How would they be provided? Who would provide them?

“Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget” is a two-part report outlining steps to reform the federal budget.  Part I focuses on improved budgeting and long-term sustainability. It includes 15 recommendations for a more complete and accurate budget to create a clear picture of our fiscal situation.  Part II makes 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

“Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget” is available here:

During his 10 years as a Cook County Commissioner, Rep. Quigley wrote a series of groundbreaking reports laying out detailed plans for the "reinventing" of Cook County government, most famously arguing for more transparency and accountability in Tax Increment Financing (TIFs).  Quigley continued his mission to reinvent government in Washington, publishing "Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget" Parts I and II.

Full PDFs of Rep. Quigley’s Cook County reports (2001-2008) are available here:


More on Reinventing Government

Feb 6, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley announced that the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), which he re-introduced in December, passed out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Jan 31, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Dec 13, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley sent a letter to House leadership urging them to oppose language in the final FY18 appropriations package that would restrict the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies from conducting research about gun violence.
Nov 30, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley re-introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA) to increase access, accountability, and transparency at every branch of the federal government. This is the fifth time Rep. Quigley has introduced TGA.
Nov 2, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley hosted a transparency briefing with former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub.