The last time Gingrich tried to overhaul the federal government, he was leading the Republican revolution that shifted the balance of power in Congress in the mid-1990s. As a private citizen, Gingrich serves on a Pentagon advisory board and offers advice to the Bush administration through his White House contacts. He cast his current effort as a bit of pro bono government consulting. While Gingrich is considering a run for the presidency, he said his interest in Compstat is not just part of a future campaign platform. “I want to get it done now,” he said. “I don’t want to wait until 2009.” Asked whether Bratton could have a place in a Gingrich administration, the former House speaker gave a bipartisan reply. “I’m trying to get the Bush administration to pay attention to him,” he said. “I would also try to get a Hillary Clinton administration to pay attention.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected]!d 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk of crime in the San Fernando Valley helped inspire former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday as he embarked on a quest to overhaul the federal government. The Georgia Republican, who no longer holds elective office but has been inching his way back into the spotlight and floating a possible 2008 presidential run, attended a crime-tracking meeting with Los Angeles Police Department officials and said the department’s Compstat system could have a federal role. “How do we move government from an essentially obsolete 19th-century (or) early 20th-century model to a modern, intelligent government that uses the tools of the 21st century?” Gingrich said. “The system that has come the closest to doing that is the Compstat model.” Under Compstat, which Chief William Bratton developed in New York and later brought to Los Angeles, officials constantly review crime statistics within their designated geographic areas to evaluate policing priorities and their effectiveness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At Wednesday’s meeting, Gingrich watched LAPD officials review recent Valley crime figures. Top department officials questioned regional leaders on what they are doing to drive down crime numbers and praised them for their work. During a break, Gingrich said such a system, combining technology and accountability, could be applied to everything from military operations to social welfare policy. “Think of a Fedstat,” he said. Bratton welcomed the idea of a federal Compstat, saying it could lead to valuable information-sharing between local and federal law enforcement agencies. “What Mr. Gingrich is trying to do is set up the lines of communication so we can go both ways,” he said.
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