On March 13, President Trump signed an Executive Order which takes aim at federal spending.
The order directs Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to “propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies … components of agencies and agency programs,” according to text released by the White House. It gives the heads of agencies 180 days to submit a reorganization plan.
The order comes during an early push by the Trump administration to identify and cut what it calls burdensome regulations or spending in the federal government. Trump already signed an order in February directing federal agencies to create “regulatory reform” task forces which will evaluate federal rules and recommend whether to keep, repeal or change them.
After he receives agency leaders’ recommendations, Mulvaney will get another 180 days to submit a plan to Trump. It will include “recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, agency programs and to merge functions.”
“We have assembled one of the greatest Cabinets in history and I believe that so strongly,” Trump said as he signed the order, according to the White House press pool. “And we want to empower them to make their agencies as lean and effective as possible and they know how to do it. Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted”
“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to see where money is being wasted, how services can be improved and whether programs are truly serving American citizens.”
Press secretary Sean Spicer said the measure will require a “thorough examination” of executive departments and agencies to find out “where money is being wasted.” Spicer did not identify specific agencies that it could affect or give a target of cuts the administration will try to reach.
He said agencies would try to find functions that are “duplicative” or outdated to make the federal government more “efficient.”
Trump has said that his push to trim the federal government will not only help to lower government spending, but also reduce burdens holding back businesses. Critics of his agenda have said he could compromise government functions that protect public health or promote national security.