President Donald Trump has been railing against big government for several years and has been trying to reduce the size of it since taking office two years ago.
According to The Hill, Trump is trying to do what has not been done since World War II: eliminate a federal agency.
The Trump administration is moving to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management and will shift its responsibilities to other various departments.
Here’s more from The Hill:
If Trump’s administration is successful, the OPM would be the first federal department eliminated since World War II.
According to the Post, the OPM’s responsibilities would be shifted to three other departments.
Trump’s announcement on the agency is reportedly likely to occur over the summer and OPM employees were briefed on the matter at a meeting in March.
According to the Post, the administration views the agency as an example of inefficient, slow-moving government.
“Reached for comment, a White House spokesperson referred The Hill to previous proposals calling for the reorganization of OPM.
“President Trump is committed to reforming the federal government, making it more efficient, effective, and accountable for hardworking American taxpayers,” the spokesperson added.
“It’s a big, exemplary step,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and acting OPM director, told the Post in an interview.
She characterized the agency created to oversee the civil service in 1978 as “fundamentally not set up for success, structurally.”
Here’s more on the steps that the White House has taken so far:
The White House is attempting to dismantle the agency in several stages, with some steps beginning now and other changes delayed pending congressional approval.
But by starting the process, the administration hopes to claim a win on a major government reorganization plan that has languished without buy-in from Congress.
The plan envisions a smaller, more consolidated government in line with the president’s campaign promise to “cut so much your head will spin.” Wiping out the federal personnel agency could be Exhibit A as Trump’s reelection campaign assembles a list of victories to take to voters, from deregulation and tax cuts to trade tariffs.
The White House is taking steps now to parcel out many of the other responsibilities by the fall. The agency’s massive background investigation operation will migrate first to the Defense Department. The General Services Administration, the federal real estate agency, will absorb OPM’s human resources role, including training, pay and hiring, workforce planning, and the inspector general’s office.
The Office of Management and Budget would take over high-level policies governing federal employees, a plan that advocates and unions are decrying as a backdoor ploy to politicize the civil service by installing political appointees close to the White House.
This would certainly be a huge move and something that many Americans would applaud.