Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 31, 2013

Pence wants transformed office to cut red tape


The Associated Press

Indianapolis —

Gov. Mike Pence is changing the mission of Indiana's Office of Federal Grants and Procurement to cutting the red tape that comes with federal grants.

Pence says a new Office of State-Based Initiatives will work with state agencies to perform cost-benefit analyses on every federal grant opportunity and publish an annual study of the costs of federal regulations that will be shared with Indiana's congressional delegation.

Pence says the federal government last year collected $51 billion from Indiana taxpayers and businesses and that Indiana agencies will receive almost 20 percent of that money this year in the form of federal grants that often come with mandates and regulations that Pence says "stifle ingenuity ... and hamstring Hoosier businesses."

Pence signed an executive order creating the new office Tuesday.