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White House working on plan for agency reorganization

Government officials are working on a plan to implement a reorganization of federal agencies, as promised by President Obama in his Jan. 25 State of the Union address.

Government officials are working on a plan to implement a reorganization of federal agencies, as promised by President Obama in his Jan. 25 State of the Union address.

In a Jan. 26 press conference, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House has begun to identify officials who can start developing recommendations on the government reorganization. In his speech, the president noted that across-agency duplication—redundancies in the way federal agencies operate—can be eliminated, and pledged to send a bill to Congress that would accomplish it.

“Obviously, a lot of this is going to require ultimately some congressional action, the authority to pursue executive reorganization,” Gibbs said. “Given the fiscal times that we’re in, this makes a lot of sense right now—not just to meet the challenges but in understanding that we all agree that we are going to have to cut the amount of money government spends.” Neither Gibbs nor Obama said how much money the reorganization would save.

Although Gibbs did not release information on which agencies the government was looking at, the president in the past has relied on suggestions proposed by the bipartisan debt commission he established last year.

To see more, go to: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/26/press-gaggle-robert-gibbs-en-route-green-bay-wisconsin.

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