With the recent release of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s reorganization of the government, President Donald Trump is making good on his promise to put hardworking American taxpayers first.
Mulvaney’s report, Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, outlines ways in which the executive can deliver a mission, service, and stewardship driven approach to governance. With the wheels in motion, the administration is moving forward with its ambitious yet necessary initiative to modernize the functions of the federal government.
Taking from the President’s Management Agenda released in March, Mulvaney recommends a series of proposals that streamline the bureaucracy. Rather than throwing billions and billions at programs hoping to see better results, the reorganization goes at the issue root and branch.
- Merging the Department of Education and the Department of Labor into a Department of Education and the Workforce
- Consolidating food safety programs into a Federal Food Safety Agency
- Privatizing the United States Postal Service
- Privatizing Fannie-Mae and Freddie-Mac
- Digitizing recordkeeping
For years, duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in the regulatory state has been far too common. Emphasizing just one example of the redundancy of certain federal regulations, Mulvaney noted that “A chicken, it’s governed by the USDA. If that chicken lays an egg, it’s governed by the FDA, but if you break the egg and make an omelette, that’s again governed by the USDA.”
Jeffrey Cox, President of the American Federation of Government Employees, representing 700,000 federal workers, was quick to lambast the plan. This comes as no surprise as unaccountable bureaucrats are realizing the reorganization poses a serious threat to their cushy jobs paid by taxpayer dollars.
Furthermore, the reorganization builds on President Trump’s efforts to end intrusive regulations and cut taxes for every American. Slashing through mountains of federal red tape, the administration’s “2 for 1” rule has turned out to be twenty-two deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action, already saving taxpayers $4.9 billion since the start of the new year. And thanks to the GOP Congress’s work with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, 90% of wage earners have higher take-home pay.
The reorganization serves as the crucial third pillar in the triumvirate that ‘Drains the Swap’ and puts ‘America First’. President Trump and OMB Director Mulvaney’s initiative is a long-overdue fix that ends the bloated bureaucracy that’s flourished unchecked for decades. Their plan will increase efficiency, effectiveness, and taxpayer accountability, reining in a run-a-muck federal government, bringing it into the 21st century.