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WH proposes sweeping changes to federal government

The White House on Thursday released a blue-print of recommendations to reorganize the federal government.   

The plan, titled “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations,” includes some far-reaching recommendations, such as merging the Departments of Education and Labor into a single agency called the Department of Education and the Workforce," renaming the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Health and Public Welfare, and privatizing the Postal Service.

“...public trust in the federal government has declined over the last decade, calling into question how well the current organizational constructs of government are aligned to meet Americans’ needs in the digital age,” the report states.

It says the goal is ensure that the federal government is providing effective customer service, while addressing the president’s mandate for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability.

Here are some highlights of the 15-page report:

* Transfer the National Background Investigations Bureau from Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense;

* Move the non-commodity nutrition assistance programs currently in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service into the Department of Health and Human Service;

* Relocating more federal employees and offices outside the D.C.-Metro area;

* Move the policy function of the OPM to the Executive Office of the President;

* Reorganize the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics under Commerce; and

* Move the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works out of the DOD to the Department of Transportation and Department of the Interior.

The report notes that some of the recommendations will go into effect by issuing executive orders, while others that require more significant changes will go through Congress.

Read the full report here.

Reader comments

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 Freddie

The dream to eliminate unions and bargaining units is just that. A dream. Trumper is currently being sued by 13 of them, and he's going to lose. It will never happen. I haven't received a pay raise in 10+ years to even cover for the increase in health insurance premiums. As long as those conditions are in place, unions will continue to exist and should continue to exist. We are being ripped off. The federal govt is not a private business. It isn't for profit. We have a set labor budget. No matter how great we work, we will be paid the same amount of money...what amounts to a decrease in pay when you factor in the increasing cost of living.

Tue, Jun 26, 2018 Ed Germany

I for one believe the most critical of all the proposals is to put OPM under the Executive. This will give our President the control over civil service policy. Trump has been clear on his frustration with civil service unions and the SES being essentially untouchable. This move must happen in order to streamline our federal employee totals. 1. Disband all bargaining/unions. 2. Reduce employee totals by 25%. 3. Disband the SES. 4. Cap GS salary at 120K, regardless of series. 5. Eliminate matching TSP across the board. That should be a good start. All you others can keep crying.

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Not to mention being unable to defend them add else because their leader want the Agencies rend ed Reed ineffective (Mae's it easy to eliminate them) or are headed by people who will be "fired/retired" if they do take a stand. Sad to say but those in the last category are in a losing situation. All they can do is try to keep morale up and try to limit the damage.

Fri, Jun 22, 2018

If everyone who works in those offices and their families are registered to vote, Republicans just lost a record number of votes in November.

Fri, Jun 22, 2018 CA

Don, I agree with you wholeheartedly. At least, in the past, you could somewhat feel like they had something in mind when they suggested these changes. Now, your first thought has to be, which "friend" or contributor gets something out of this change? Doesn't matter if it impacts the employees or citizenry if a friend of the administration gets money from it.

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