The following is an excerpt from Eric Pianin | April 11, 2017 | Thefiscaltimes.com |
White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is aggressively moving ahead with Trump Administration efforts to slash spending, improve efficiency and downsize the federal bureaucracy.
As early as Wednesday, Mulvaney’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is expected to send out a “guidance” letter to federal departments and agencies, instructing them to design plans to streamline their operations and cut costs.
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The letter stems from President Trump’s March 13 executive order, which called for a “comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch,” with an eye to presenting a formal plan to the Republican-controlled Congress within a year.
With Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner keenly focused on overhauling the federal bureaucracy and reducing government red tape, Mulvaney reportedly will be seeking proposals that eliminate redundant programs, implement best practices, and limit government waste. He’ll also try to sell federal property that no one uses, but that costs taxpayers a fortune to maintain.
That last idea – to unload surplus or underutilized federal buildings and land and funnel the profits into the federal coffers – has long been a dream of Republican and Democratic administration. Yet for decades the effort to shed surplus and abandoned real estate – both in civilian and military government – has proved to be an elusive goal.
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