Representatives Ryan (D-OH), Joyce (R-OH), and Gonzalez (OH-R) Introduce Legislation to Decentralize the Federal Government | Congressman Tim Ryan
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Representatives Ryan (D-OH), Joyce (R-OH), and Gonzalez (OH-R) Introduce Legislation to Decentralize the Federal Government

April 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) today was joined by Congressmen David Joyce (R-OH-14) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16) in introducing the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act, a bill to establish a bipartisan commission within the General Services Administration (GSA) to study the relocation of executive agencies or divisions of executive agencies outside the Washington metropolitan area.  It would require GSA to submit a plan to Congress for the relocation of recommended agencies or divisions, and to prioritize relocations to low-income communities or areas with expertise in the mission and goal of an executive agency or division.

“Our government belongs to all Americans, and communities across the United States should be able to benefit from the economic boost these employment centers could bring, especially to economically distressed places. As we have all learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, the technology available to us today allows for seamless communication and collaboration regardless of geographic location, and is already allowing a web of federal offices and agencies across the US, such as the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta to perform their work without being inside the DC beltway. This is a common sense way to help communities like ours here in Ohio share in the economic development that comes from playing host to part of the federal government,” said Congressman Ryan. 

“I’m proud to join Rep. Tim Ryan in introducing this bipartisan bill,” said Congressman Joyce. “I firmly believe some parts of the federal government would better serve the American people if they were outside of Washington and away from partisan politics. By initiating this study, we will not only help improve the federal government’s efficiency and effectiveness but can also bring jobs and economic productivity all across America. Many federal jobs can be performed outside of our nation’s capital and by relocating them, they can be better connected to the communities they are designed to serve. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this commonsense bill across the finish line.”

"Far too many big decisions impacting the lives of Ohioans are made in Washington away from the people. It's past time we change that.” Congressman Gonzalez said. “This bill would help pave the way for moving federal agencies outside of DC, creating economic growth and bringing new perspectives to federal policy making. This is commonsense and should garner support across the entire country."

This act is aimed at improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of the federal government in serving the American people. With more than 2.7 million employees, the federal government is the largest employer in the United States. According to the Office of Personnel Management, approximately 283,000 of those employees work in the Washington metropolitan area. Although there are many positions and functions that cannot be performed anywhere other than in the District of Columbia, there are many jobs that could easily be performed outside of the Nation’s capital.