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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:

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More on Reinventing Government

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.
Sep 27, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley, introduced an act in Congress that would amend the PRA to include it — and no cases have been litigated about it because Barack Obama was the first President to use Twitter.
Jul 17, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Transparency Caucus and is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced it will be making visitor logs to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort public starting this fall. In March, Rep.

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