Proposed Commission on Cutting Red Tape Would Confront Ineffective Bureaucracy

Published On: May 1, 2024

California could embark on a new journey to root out broken bureaucracy and create a more efficient and streamlined government if Assembly Bill 3242, authored by Assembly Member Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley), becomes law. This legislation would establish the Commission on Cutting Red Tape (CCRT) within the Government Operations Agency to start on July 1, 2025.

“As the state navigates a $73 billion budget shortfall and the rising cost of living, it is essential to do our part to hold the state fiscally accountable and take a sector-by-sector look at where red tape can be cut and operations streamlined to encourage innovation, stimulate job creation, and free up critical resources, while continuing to protect public health and safety, and the environment,” says the author, according to a committee analysis.

The new commission would focus on excessive bureaucratic procedures, regulations, and formalities that hinder efficiency and delay government processes. It often involves unnecessary paperwork, rigid rules, and administrative hurdles that can impede progress and waste resources without adding value or enhancing safety.

Assembly Bill 3242 lays the foundation for the CCRT as an autonomous body under the umbrella of the Government Operations Agency to dismantle bureaucratic hurdles that have long hindered governmental efficiency. The commission’s primary objective would be to meticulously identify and eliminate administrative barriers that squander valuable time and resources and offer minimal or no tangible benefits.

Part of the CCRT’s mission would be proposing reforms for convoluted governmental procedures that lack substantive value, starting with a user-friendly website featuring a feedback portal accessible to industry experts, government personnel, and the general public. Specialized panels would be formed to address concerns and recommendations from pivotal industries and the nonprofit sector, fostering targeted dialogue and collaboration, according to the legislation. 

Comprising five members appointed by the Governor, the commission would ensure leadership is closely aligned with state objectives.  Commissioners would be entrusted with the responsibility of streamlining governmental processes to enhance effectiveness.

The commission will advocate actionable changes to policies, regulations, or statutes to bolster operational efficiency. These recommendations will be consolidated into an annual report by the Secretary of Government Operations, starting March 15, 2026.

The legislation passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on April 17 and is currently pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

About the Author: Will Keys

Will Keys writes about technology issues for the GovReport. He is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be reached at will at govreport.org