President Trump’s latest executive order is not getting the attention of the immigration order, but it is worth considering. It will have a more far reaching, longer term impact than the immigration order.
Under the new executive order, signed yesterday, President Trump is ordering the Executive Branch to undergo a downsizing and reorganization. He wants to eliminate duplicate and unneeded positions. Under the executive order, the Office of Management and Budget will
submit to the President a proposed plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of agencies. The proposed plan shall include, as appropriate, recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs, and to merge functions. The proposed plan shall include recommendations for any legislation or administrative measures necessary to achieve the proposed reorganization.
Not only that, but the OMB Director, when structuring his plan, must consider several things the Executive Branch has long needed to do, including:
(i) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are appropriate for the Federal Government or would be better left to State or local governments or to the private sector through free enterprise;
(ii) whether some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program;
(iii) whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating an agency, a component, or a program are redundant with those of another agency, component, or program;
(iv) whether the costs of continuing to operate an agency, a component, or a program are justified by the public benefits it provides; and
(v) the costs of shutting down or merging agencies, components, or programs, including the costs of addressing the equities of affected agency staff.
This executive order has the potential to have far more lasting and long term consequences than any of the other executive orders signed by President Trump. It is also a very good thing.