President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13781 requiring the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to propose a plan to eliminate unnecessary federal agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs and to merge functions for greater efficiency.
Within 180 days, the head of each federal agency, including HUD Secretary Ben Carson, must submit to OMB a plan to reorganize the agency, “if appropriate.” In addition, OMB must publish a notice in the Federal Register inviting public suggestions for improving the organization and functioning of the executive branch of government.
At the end of the public suggestion period, OMB has another 180 days to submit a reorganization plan to the president. This plan must include recommendations to eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency functions and to merge functions for greater efficiency.
In developing the plan, OMB must consider whether some or all of the functions, components, or programs of an agency are appropriate for the federal government or should be undertaken by state or local governments or the private sector. OMB must consider whether the functions, components, or programs of an agency duplicate those of another agency and must weigh the cost of continuing to operate an agency or any of its components or programs against public benefits.
EO 13781, issued March 13, 2017, is at: http://bit.ly/2n2HNoE
The Budgetary Impact Analysis is at: http://bit.ly/2na8CaT