OMB Releases Memo on Reducing Federal Workforce
“Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted on activities that are not delivering results for hardworking American taxpayers.” – President Donald J. Trump
President Trump released a statement on April 12, 2017. In a nutshell, he is telling everyone in government to shape up and get with his program of a leaner, more efficient, less “big brother” agenda.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP). They are about to hit the track running full-out in this new horse race. Mick Mulvaney is the current director of OMB having been confirmed by the Senate on February 16, 2017. With experience as an attorney and in the fields of real estate, home building, and management program from Harvard Business behind him as well as a four-term congressman from South Carolina, he is going to need all the management skills and expertise he can get to complete this humongous task.
OMB has a monumental task not only to review and interpret Trump’s directions but to interface with the multitude of executive branch divisions, agencies, and programs to get those directions in working order and completed. They have the next 180 days or so to pull together plans, considerations, and alternatives that will streamline and prepare as directed.
Where other administrations have made noises and sent out memos, this group will be tasked with completing at the minimum recommendations within a reasonable length of time. Where other administrations either paid lip-service to reducing government or in the case of many like Obama growing big government, Trump has made a promise to get done as much as possible to FIX and pare down big government. Considering his efforts so far, if just this much is accomplished, a lot of the pressure on budgets can in some cases be reduced or may be eliminated to attain a more reasonable level of government-wide budgeting and spending.
Federal agencies will immediately act to streamline the Government while developing their longer-term plans to:
- Take immediate action to save taxpayer money and reduce their workforces.
- Develop a plan to maximize the performance of Government workers by the end of June.
- Submit an Agency Reform Plan in 180 days to modernize and streamline their operations.
OMB posted notice on April 12th, 2017 by HIMSS
Its directive also tells agencies to eliminate, restructure, or merge programs or activities that are needlessly redundant, non-essential to the agency’s mission or where other entities such as the private sector, another Federal program, or state or local governments are more appropriate to carry out the program or activity. Specific cuts will be made at the discretion of the agency.
In other words the agencies cannot squawk that they were not consulted. It is in their hands. What also comes through is a clear message is that no longer will stalling and prevarication be allowed. If they can’t get the job done in a timely, reasonable manner then more than likely OMB will do the final razor cuts which will be at a guess far worse.
The problem comes in when a good many of these agencies and programs have to be handled in congress. Then there will be the inevitable fights and delays. Sure hope citizens have their email whips bought and ready to use on the beasts in congress if we want any realistic actions for leaner government.
Boy are the Democrats and lefty media gonna be freaking out if this gets done in the next six months…. bwahahahahahaha
A win for reducing big government agencies, duplicate programs, cost overruns, and general abuse of taxpayer dollars!
Hip Hip Hooray!