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By Phil Piemonte

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State of turmoil

Well, hard times call for hard measures—and there seems to be an unending stream of them coming out of Washington.

In his State of the Union speech this week, President Obama called not only for a spending freeze (let’s not get into that again here), but also for a significant reorganization of federal agencies.

Certain bailiwicks in fact can overlap—or at least appear to—among agencies. The president used the example of oversight of salmon, which he said are under the purview of the Interior Department in freshwater and the Commerce Department in saltwater. That seems pretty clear-cut as an example of an odd arrangement.

But we are sure that—like the across-the-board budget cut proposals being bandied about in Congress—it just ain’t as simple as all that.

Let’s assume the White House does send a reorganization plan to Congress, and that Congress buys into it…

How do you think (predict) it will affect your agency? What’s the saltwater/freshwater example in your organization?

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Jan 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Feb 7, 2011

When spend billions of dollars on prisons and giving them nice meals, TV's, exercise equipment, etc. Why not take that money and use it on our children and schools to better them before they get to a prison. Give the prisoners what our soldiers get out in the field packets of food. They want to work out give let them do jumping jacks, situp, pushups. The buck should not stop for our children it should stop for those that choose not to break the law. As always innocent people will always get caught in it. All this drug programs we give prisoners or probation people, they have to make a choice to better themselves, you can not force it on them. 1st time offender might change, but a 2, 3 time offender you are just wishful thinking. They go to jail do there time, then what is this that we have to baby sit them and spend millions of dollars monitoring them, let them out and if they decide to break the law again then put them through the system if they are found guilty. Lets wake up.

Fri, Jan 28, 2011

Should NMFS be moved to Interior??

You mean moved -back- to Interior from where it came in the early 70's? Many salmon mngmt. professionals in the Interior think so. It would streamline things bringing things like Mitchell Act management back from the brink of apathy. Just to name an example.


Fri, Jan 28, 2011

The orginal concept of an old-age safety net statement, I like.I'm not old enough to retire, don't make enough for disability.Every concept mention is a safety net, but the baby boomers are using it up.So, there's no safety net.

Fri, Jan 28, 2011

1. The majority of Feds, contrary to the twisted numbers postulated by some, do not have bloated salaries. There are some problem areas and these should be dealt with instead of attacking the entire body of hard working federal workers.

2. Most State governments are already dealing with budget deficits. Reassigning federal domestic agencies and programs to States would mean most protections and programs would either cease to exist, or there would be huge increases in State taxes. Plus the coverage would vary drastically across the country depending on each state’s budget. People would be without help in some states and fully protected in others.

We are the UNITED States. We have E Pluribus Unum on our coins. We shouldn’t abandon our fellow citizens, yet the loudest voices today demand that we do. Instead of the needs of the many – the majority – outweighing the needs of the few, those with much want to horde what they have. They’re all for democracy – government by the people where majority rules. Until it affects the pockets of the uber-wealthy minority.

Thu, Jan 27, 2011 Years of Experiene

Reassign the following federal domestic agencies and programs to States including;
• Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Transfer national forests to States to administer as State Forests and Research Lands to States Dept. of Agriculture
• Department of Education (ED)
• Department of Energy (DOE)
• Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
• Department of Labor (DOL)
• Department of the Interior (DOI) - Transfer federal lands to states to administer as State Grazing Lands and State Parks
• Department of Transportation (DOT)
• Other Agencies and programs in other Departments and Independent agencies should also be evaluated and reassigned.
This will reduce bloated federal salaries, and return control to States where they can be better controlled by the people and tailored to local needs and priorities.

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