(NationalSentinel) Government: One of President Donald J. Trump’s first actions as chief executive was to implement a federal government hiring freeze. Another was ordering federal agencies to kill off two regulations for every new one implemented. Another involved a lobbying ban.
But those were only the president’s first moves to officially “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. Now, through his Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, he’s released his full plan. Mulvaney called it the first-ever plan to completely rebuild the federal government.
As reported by Breitbart News:
An April 12 memorandum provides guidance to federal agencies tasked with complying with the Reorganization Executive Order entitled “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” as the January 23, 2017 hiring freeze is lifted.
Agencies are instructed to take “immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions and cost savings, including planning for funding levels in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Blueprint, develop a plan to maximize employee performance by June 30, 2017, and submit an Agency Reform Plan to OMB in September 2017 as part of the agency’s FY 2019 Budget submission to OMB that includes long-term workforce reductions. An initial, high-level draft of the Agency Reform Plan is due to OMB by June 30, 2017.”
The memorandum outlines “the steps that OMB will take to formulate a comprehensive Government-wide Reform Plan for publication in the President’s FY 2019 Budget … this plan will rely on three primary sources of input: Agency Reform Plans, OMB-coordinated crosscutting proposals, and public input.”
The reform efforts are purported to, among other things, “create a lean, accountable, more efficient government that works for the American people.”
Trump’s hiring freeze ends with the issuance of this guidance, but Mulvaney said that doesn’t mean federal agencies can now hire “willy-nilly.”
He further defined the plan as doing something that goes “much deeper into the very structure of government … trying to do something that has never been done before,” and called it the “biggest story nobody’s talking about.”
“The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. It has grown organically over the course of the last 240 years and the President of the United States has asked all of us in the Executive Branch to start from scratch, a literal blank piece of paper, and say if you were going to rebuild the Executive Branch, what would it look like?” he said.
Well, we’re about to find out. But early indications are it will much more resemble the smallish central government with defined roles and powers that our founders envisioned.