Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trump orders a total examination and reorganization of federal agencies to make them more efficient as he poses with his Cabinet for the first time

The president signed a mandate Monday requiring federal agencies to identify wasteful and inefficient programs as part of a reorganization of the executive branch that he says will be 'very, very special.' President Trump proclaimed from the Oval Office after his first meeting with all of his confirmed secretaries that he had 'assembled one of the greatest Cabinets in history' and is now directing his lieutenants to 'make their agencies as lean and effective as possible.' 'They know how to do it. Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere,' he stated. The measure orders the Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to come up with a proposal 'eliminate unnecessary agencies...components of agencies and agency programs.' Agency heads have 180 days to submit efficiency plans to Mulvaney and reorganize 'if appropriate.' The public will also have the opportunity to suggest improvements to the executive branch. After the public comment period, Mulvaney will have 180 days to submit a document to the president, the executive order Trump signed says. 'The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions,' the order reads. 'The proposed plan shall include recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary to achieve the proposed reorganization.'...more

When you think of the land management agencies alone, there are many ripe opportunities, and a few dangers, for Westerners.

You can view the Executive Order here and the White House statement included the following background info: 

A PROBLEM IGNORED: Despite a skyrocketing debt, past attempts to point out Government waste have been ignored.
  • Under President Obama, our National debt grew by 88% from $10.6 trillion on January 20, 2009, to $19.9 trillion on January 19, 2017.
    • Every child born today inherits over $61,000 in debt.
  • In April 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the Executive Branch and Congress failed to fully address a majority of the Government fragmentation, overlap, and duplication identified by the GAO.
    • The Executive Branch has failed to fully follow through 53% of the time, failing to act on 243 of the 459 GAO recommended actions to reduce bureaucratic duplication and waste.
    • Congress has failed to fully follow through 62% of the time, failing to act on 53 of the 85 GAO recommended actions to reduce bureaucratic duplication and waste.
    • In 2016, the GAO identified 92 additional actions to reduce duplication and waste.
  • Billions of dollars could be saved if just the previously identified problems were addressed.

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