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You've probably heard a lot of people talking about how government can't seem to do anything right. Everywhere you turn - the television news to the company water cooler - people are upset about the federal government shutdown and problems with the online "exchange" that is to allow people to enroll in low-cost health insurance authorized under the Affordable Care Act.  You may have even thought that you have the answers to make government work more efficiently for you, the taxpayer.

Every two years, the State Government Efficiency Review Committee meets to review state government operations and consider ways to modernize processes, eliminate unnecessary work, reduce costs and increase accountability. This is their year to meet.  The committee is made up of 10 legislators, who want to hear your recommendations on making state government more efficient and responsive to Iowans’ needs.

  • Click here to send in your recommendations (you do not have to give your name).
  • Click here to read the recommendations others have submitted.

A few things to remember:

  • Do not post angry comments - they will be disregarded.
  • Keep politics out of it - both parties want to improve government efficiency.
  • Be specific - and back up your recommendations with facts if you can (but don't worry if you cannot).
  • This is STATE government, not federal government.  Focus recommendations on state programs & services.
  • The committee has met once already. Information from those meetings is available here
  • The committee members may not be your legislators, but you should feel free to contact them directly (click here for list).
  • Copy your legislators on any emails to the committee members, so they can follow-up on your comments.

To find out when the committee will meet next, you can watch the "Interim Schedule" on the legislative website ( for upcoming meetings, or watch our "Latest News" box on our website (  All committee meetings are open to the public.