Pence seeks no-strings relationship with feds

2013-07-30T18:30:00Z 2013-07-30T19:12:14Z Pence seeks no-strings relationship with fedsBy Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078

INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wants to cut the strings that often are attached to the billions in program and grant dollars Indiana annually receives from the federal government.

The Republican governor Tuesday signed an executive order renaming the state's Office of Federal Grants and Procurement as the Office of State-Based Initiatives, and he charged the agency with tracking the public and private implementation costs of federal grants and regulations.

He said the office's new name and mission will enable Indiana "to untangle itself from burdensome federal policies, seek to increase state innovation and ultimately strive to persuade the federal government to return to the principles of federalism."

"I've long held the belief that Hoosiers hold the key to releasing Indiana from federally created mandates and regulations that undermine state sovereignty and hinder economic growth," Pence said.

To that end, the office will conduct a cost-benefit analysis for every federal grant opportunity, seek block grants with fewer spending restrictions, survey Hoosier companies about their federal compliance costs and publish an annual report of its findings.

Pence said making Hoosiers and the state's congressional delegation aware of the cost of federal policies will, over time, reduce federal regulatory burdens.

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