WH proposes sweeping changes to federal government
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jun 21, 2018
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.