The Senate took its turn to question the Trump administration about its government reorganization proposals and offered a much different take than members of the House oversight committee.
Among the ideas included in the Trump administration’s reorganization proposal are recommendations to create a new public-private research center and move some aspects of FEMA and TSA to the Transportation Department.
The administration also proposes moving OPM’s current retirement services and health care and insurance offices to the General Services Administration, which would be renamed the “Government Services Agency.”
The Trump administration may move several functions, including federal employee health and retirement benefits programs, from the Office of Personnel Management to other agencies.
The federal government has been reorganized many times under new presidential administrations, and not always for the better.
The Health and Human Services Department has 37 specific plans under its broad initiative to maximize talent and create a 21st century workforce.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he intends to divide the country 13 broad regions where a senior executive would manage and lead each area with joint input and collaboration from each of the department’s bureaus and subcomponents.
Both the Veterans Affairs and Interior Departments are moving federal employees out of Washington, D.C., and into consolidated regional offices.
The president might call it “reorganization.” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin might call it “modernization.” But the general principles are the same.
Communication and transparency during the government reorganization process is going well for some, and not for others.