The OMB plan includes major changes to several cabinet agencies. For a perspective from reporters and former officials, tune in to Government Matters this Sunday at 10:30a on ABC7.
The Office of Management and Budget published a plan to completely reorganize multiple agencies. The 132-page document, entitled “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st century,” outlines several overhauls to the executive branch. The Departments of Education and Labor would be combined into one, The Department of Health and Human Services would be renamed to the Department of Health and Public Welfare, and citizen-facing programs at the Department of Agriculture will be moved to the new agency, such as SNAP — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. USDA’s rural housing assistance programs would be transferred to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, functions of the Army Corps of Engineers would be distributed between the Departments of Defense, Interior and Transportation. One of the the biggest changes is the massive downsizing of the Office of Personnel Management. Several functions would be moved to other departments, such as the National Background Investigations Bureau moving to DoD. The entire policy arm of the agency would be subsumed into the Executive Office of the President. “Our Founders conceived a remarkably durable governing framework and Constitution that allows Government institutions the flexibility to evolve to meet the needs of the American people. However, our current Government bureaucracy is not keeping pace in the Digital Age,” OMB Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert wrote in a press release. “This Administration understands the American people are frustrated by Government inefficiency and the challenges of navigating the Federal system. Today’s reform proposal outlines the President’s vision to streamline agencies, remove duplication, and alleviate burden for all Americans.” Tune in this Sunday to Government Matters for a perspective on the proposed reforms from a panel of reporters and former agency officials.