April 12, 2017
Trump Admin Releases ‘Drain the Swamp’ Guidance to Restructure the Federal Government
After almost two months of a federal government hiring freeze, Trump administration officials have released guidance on the President’s plan to “drain the swamp,” with what Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney described as the first-ever rebuilding of the federal government.
Agencies are instructed to take “immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions and cost savings, including planning for funding levels in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Budget Blueprint, develop a plan to maximize employee performance by June 30, 2017, and submit an Agency Reform Plan to OMB in September 2017 as part of the agency’s FY 2019 Budget submission to OMB that includes long-term workforce reductions. An initial, high-level draft of the Agency Reform Plan is due to OMB by June 30, 2017.”
The reform efforts are purported to, among other things, “create a lean, accountable, more efficient government that works for the American people.”
The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. It has grown organically over the course of the last 240 years and the President of the United States has asked all of us in the Executive Branch to start from scratch, a literal blank piece of paper…
Information has been solicited from both within and outside the federal government, Mulvaney said. He added that CEOs gathered at the White House on Tuesday have also offered input on how the government should be restructured.
The memo instructs all agencies to consult with OMB to identify and begin taking actions to develop a plan to maximize employee performance and an Agency Reform Plan.
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