Until Trump, Feds Were Still Doing Paperwork on Y2K Bug


To say the federal government is inefficient with time, money, and resources is an understatement. I hope you’re sitting down for this one.

For the last 17 years, thousands upon thousands of man hours have been spent -- no, wasted on continuing preparations for the year 2000 when all the computers in the world were supposed to stop function and spiral us straight into the apocalypse. That, of course, didn’t happen. But why stop spending taxpayer dollars needlessly?

For almost two decades, federal employees have been filing reports on the Y2K bug. Some officials claim the amount of filings have decreased through the years, but the fact that they were still happening at all is reprehensible.

But thanks to the Trump administration’s attitude of “cleaning out our closets,” as Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described it, the White House is “looking for stuff everyone agrees is a complete waste of time” and tossing it out for good.

So far, 50 unneeded paperwork requirements have been eliminated, seven of which were related to Y2K. Bloomberg offered another example: “the Pentagon will be freed from a requirement that it file a report every time a small business vendor is paid, a task that consumed some 1,200 man-hours every year.”

As the new administration begins trimming the fat off of Washington, D.C., Mulvaney hopes other departments and agencies will find and eliminate unnecessary regulations that diverts manpower away from more important tasks.

“Many agencies have forgotten how to deregulate,” Mulvaney said, promising a second wave of reviews. “It’s been so long since somebody asked them to look backwards.”

That’s because progressives only care about:


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