Obama Seeks To Streamline Agencies, Eliminate Departments

Obama Seeks To Streamline Agencies, Eliminate Departments


As promised in his last State of the Union speech…

From Politico:

Stepping firmly onto Republican turf, President Barack Obama will announce Friday that he will ask Congress for the power to merge agencies to streamline government and improve efficiency.

First up on his list: the elimination of the Commerce Department and the Small Business Administration, which will be merged with the Office of the U.S. Trade representative and other independent business agencies into a new, unnamed Cabinet agency to create a more efficient experience for businesses.

“The government we have is not the government we need. The last reorganization of the whole government was done by Herbert Hoover,” Jeff Zients, deputy director for management and chief performance officer at the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters. “Since then, agencies have been layered on top.”

But will Republicans get on board?

They seem to be signaling they might…

“Americans want a government that’s simpler, streamlined, and secure. So after presiding over one of the largest expansions of government in history, and a year after raising the issue in his last State of the the Union, it’s interesting to see the President finally acknowledge that Washington is out of control,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “And while we first learned of this proposal this morning in the press, we’ll be sure to give it a careful review once the White House provides us with the details of what it is he wants to do.”

Rep. Darrell Issa, another frequent critic of Obama’s, said he stands “ready to work with President Obama on proposals to reorganize federal agencies.” Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees governmental reorganization, added: “While I have been disappointed that the White House has not embraced earlier bipartisan Congressional efforts seeking collaborative engagement on proposals to reorganize government, I hope this announcement represents the beginning of a sincere and dedicated effort to enact meaningful reforms.”

We shall see…

  • khaki

    Related to this story a Fox News poll asks: “Should Congress give Obama more power?” Ha. It will be fun to watch the GOP yoga moves as they reach for plausible reasons to oppose this one.

  • http://RonPaulPromise.com Louis Nardozi

    I find it terribly interesting that Obama is running against Paul ALREADY.

    What does he know that we do not?

  • Disturbed

    A cute move by a desperate dictator. “How can I please my subjects?” he is asking, as he reaches out to steal more Constitutional liberties from the people.

    Face it. This leopard has already shown his spots. Now, in the 11th hour of his first and only term he wants to make a seemingly sensible move? If the details of this maneuver actually shrink government in its size AND its costs, I’m all for it and he can do it for the duration of his tenure.

    But I remember he is the same guy who gave us ObamaCare, kept the troops in Iraq far longer than he promised, is posturing for actions against Iran, ordered the assassination of American citizens with no trial, stole Constitutional rights with the NDAA of 2012, and he failed to even try to eliminate the Patriot Act.

    Obama is who we didn’t think he was A socialist who is willing to sell out to the highest bidder. Wait. Maybe that’s exactly what some of us thought he was?

  • Mike A.

    Less like yoga moves and more like WWF body slams. There’s little subtly (and no yoga-like flexibility) in how the GOP opposes Obama. They will oppose him by claiming they agree with the idea, but his execution is akin to European Socialism…or some such nonsense. There is NO way they will give him anything that looks like a victory in this election year.

  • Mike A.

    There’ll be no yoga moves. The GOP will respond with the typical “it’s a good idea, but Obama’s doing it all wrong” WWF, take no prisoners, body slam approach. It’s highly calculated to be able to disapprove of anything touted by Obama, without disapproving of the fiscal concepts

  • cranky critter

    the GOP will respond with the typical “it’s a good idea, but Obama’s doing it all wrong”

    I know, right? Those goddamn republicans. They’ll probably mount a bunch of silly objections over things like “there are no actual reductions in staff” or “there are no actual reductions in expenditures.” Or most unfairly of all, they’ll say that Obama isn’t serious, he just wants to co-opt an issue that we’ve always been strong on and he has seldom expressed real interest in before.

    Meh. The only thing we can be really sure about is that any popular discussions about this subject will NOT focus on the micro-details of actual proposed changes or verifiable savings.