House Republicans propose bill to give White House authority for fed reorg

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Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector, discusses congressional efforts to support, or possibly impede, the Trump administration’s reorganization plan.


With the Trump administration’s reorganization efforts underway, Congress is divided on how much control the White House should have over their own restructuring. Bills introduced in the House and Senate aim to give the administration carte blanche on shuffling agency functions. However, most Democrats and some Republicans believe there should be limits on what any administration can do without approval. Robert Shea, principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector, says that because of the upcoming election, the next two months are critical for the reorg effort.

 

“Congress can do a lot to block what’s going on in the next two months, agencies can do a lot to get Congress to fund, or at least not block what they’re doing. They better work hard to do that because the climate’s not going to get more supportive, more amenable to reorganizations or anything more substantive for that matter… Congress with a tighter majority or perhaps a flip to the Democrats is going to be focusing on oversight and investigations to a far greater degree than they are today,” said Shea.