Executive Order Issued to Reorganize the Executive Branch

President Trump signs first executive order
President Donald Trump signs Executive Order

Yesterday evening, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) for a proposal to reorganize the Executive branch. Under the EO, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, is tasked with formulating a proposal to reorganize Executive branch agencies, components, and functions. Agency heads will be given 180 days to submit proposals “to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of that agency.” The OMB Director will then have 180 days to submit an overall plan to the President, which can include recommendations to eliminate agencies, components of agencies, programs, and functions, and whether administrative actions or legislative authority is needed for the proposed changes. Additionally, the public will be invited to provide comments and ideas on ways to reform federal agencies through a coming notice in the Federal Register.

The EO outlines a variety of items for the OMB Director to consider when developing the plan for the White House, including whether a program is federal in nature, whether programs and functions would be better out-sourced to the private sector, whether agencies or programs are relevant or duplicative, whether internal, administrative operations are necessary, efficient, and duplicative, and whether the costs to continue current operations, or to close or merge agencies are justified, and in the public interest. OMB Director Mulvaney is also directed to include any personnel costs associated with the impact on “affected agency staff.”

At this time, it is impossible to know what will develop as part of this process and ultimately be implemented or enacted on Capitol Hill, as legislation is required before major reorganizations and consolidations can occur of federal agencies. Rest assured that NTEU will work to ensure that both the administration and the Congress recognize the impact that any such proposed changes would have, and will also be there to support any potential affected employees.