Lawmaker wants agency reorg plans from OMB
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 19, 2018
The Office of Management and Budget requested all agencies to submit reorganization and downsizing plans last September, but it has kept those submissions private, and a ranking lawmaker is asking — for a second time — that they be released.
“I am writing to request that you reverse your decision to withhold from Congress copies of downsizing plans that you and President Donald Trump required each federal agency to submit to your office by last September,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote in a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney .
Cummings made a similar request in December but Mulvaney declined that request insisting that the plans are “deliberative” because they will be aligned with the fiscal 2019 budget process, a claim that Cummings says does not make logical sense as some agencies appear to already have put their reorg plans in place and the budget has been released.
“If we accepted your argument, it would completely eliminate the fundamental role of Congress—and this committee in particular—in evaluating proposed reorganizations of federal agencies, which is one of our core responsibilities,” Cummings writes.
He adds, “Congress cannot allow the Trump Administration to secretly push through one of the most significant—and potentially dangerous—downsizing efforts in modern U.S. history…”
Read the full letter here.