Trump Administration Plans ‘Sweeping’ Government Overhaul

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is scheduled to release a report proposing “sweeping”–changing to restructure the federal government, according to reports.

The plan proposes the renaming of the Health and Human Services Department and the consolidation of several welfare programs. 

Politico writes:

The report, set to be released in the coming weeks by the White House OMB, seeks to move safety-net programs, including food stamps, into HHS, two sources with knowledge of the plan told POLITICO. The plan would also propose changing the name of the sprawling department, while separately seeking cuts at USAID and the State Department.

“You have low-income assistance in a bunch of different shops without one point of oversight and without a whole lot of communication. Why not have one federal agency responsible for execution?” a source mused to the outlet. 

An unnamed official said the report ranks among “the harder stuff” the Trump White House will attempt to tackle, adding that they have “already put a lot of stuff out in this year’s budget related to cuts, but that was the easy stuff.”

The forthcoming report will follow a series of executive orders President Trump signed that are aimed at expediting the process of firing “poor performing” federal government employees.

The new rules will “require all federal employees to devote at least 75 percent of their work hours for agency purposes, senior administration officials said. The administration estimates that these actions could save taxpayers at least $100 million a year,” BuzzFeed reported.

“These executive orders make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used,” Andrew Bremberg, the White House director of the Domestic Policy Council, told the media.

A senior Trump administration official told Bloomberg the policy achieves similar objectives.


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