Trump Signs Order to Restructure Executive Branch

Pablo Tucker
March 15, 2017

Two weeks after saying he wants to make federal agencies "do more with less", President Trump signed an order Monday calling for reorganization of the executive branch of the government, a move that could affect the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

During a signing ceremony, Trump said "billions and billions of dollars" are being squandered and that he wanted to enable his cabinet to make their agencies as "lean and effective as possible".

Yesterday, immediately following the President's first Cabinet meeting, the President signed a government reorganization and modernization executive order.

Trump said at a ceremony accompanying the signing that the order was created to identify where money was being wasted at the federal level through a "thorough examination".

The proposed plan must include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions.

The order does not contain any specific recommendations for reorganization except that it should "improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability".

"The order directs the head of each department to submit a plan to reorganize their agency to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who would then publish a notice asking for suggestions from the public to improve" the organization and functioning of the executive branch".

Most recently, in July 2013, Obama directed his Cabinet to develop an aggressive management agenda for his second term that would make government smarter, more innovative and accountable to the public.

Departments and agencies will be required to identify wasteful spending, duplicative programs, and potential improvements. "So we're going to do something, I think, very, very special", said the president. US District Judge Anthony Trenga went even further in granting the Justice Department's requesting, continuing the hearing on the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order until March 21. You're already seeing results'.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, said the order aims to ask agencies to determine cost inefficiencies and ways on how to introduce changes to government services.

The president's chief strategist in the White House, Steve Bannon, has called for a "deconstruction of the administrative state", and last month the president declared that the federal government would have to "do more with less".

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