Government Reorganization…Step One

On the heals of the President requesting a $1.2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling, Obama is proposing a merger of six agencies that focus on trade and commerce, estimated to save $3 billion over 10 years by getting rid of duplicative costs and programs.

During President Obama’s last State of the Union speech he noted the absurdity of government inefficiency.  In what he called his favorite example, Obama said: “The interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater.  And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

Now that is bureaucracy at it’s finest.

In asking Congress for the power to reorganize agencies, the White House noted that presidents held such reorganizational authority for about 50 years until it ran out during Reagan’s presidency in 1084. Under Obama’s proposal, Congress could not amend a proposal, only give it an up or down vote within 90 days. (WSJ)

The president’s first proposal would affect the following departments along with elevating the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet-level agency.

  • The Commerce Department’s core business and trade functions,
  • The Small Business Administration
  • The Office of the US Trade Representative
  • The Export-Import Bank
  • The overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • The Trade and Development Agency

To learn more, check out:

  • Obama wants export agency, closing of Commerce Department – Chicago Tribune
  • Obama seeks power to shrink the federal government – CBS News
  • President Obama to ask Congress for power to reorganize agencies – The Washington Post
  • Obama to Propose Merging Agencies – Wall Street Journal
  • Obama Will Seek Authority to Merge Agencies in Effort to Shrink Government – Bloomberg
  • President Obama to Congress: Give me power to consolidate 6 commerce agencies – New York Daily News
  • Obama seeks ‘consolidation authority’ to merge agencies – Fox News
  • Obama’s plans mean musical chairs for the Cabinet – The Washington Post

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