Big Job! More Cleaning House in our Bloated Government

Written by Andrew Linn on October 28, 2013

In my previous articles I discussed which Independent Agencies, Boards, Commissions, etc. could be privatized or placed under Executive Departments. Now I will identify which ones (as well as other government entities) could be eliminated, consolidated, or transferred.

They consist of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Corporation for National and Community Service, Federal Energy Regulation Commission, Federal Reserve System, Postal Regulatory Commission, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Social Security Advisory Board, Vietnam Educational Foundation, White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and the Medicaid and Chip Access Commission.

Certain offices within the White House could also be eliminated. They consist of all the czars, Council on Environmental Quality, Council on Women and Girls, Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, Office of Health Reform, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Office of Urban Affairs, Office of White House Policy, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, White House Council for Community Solutions, and the White House Initiative and President’s Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

In addition, the following federal courts could be eliminated: U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Their duties could be transferred to the U.S. District and U.S. Circuit Courts.

Meanwhile, several Independent Agencies, Boards, Commissions, etc. could be placed under the Federal Interagency Commission. They consist of the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, Administrative Conference of the United States, Chief Acquisition Officers Council, Chief Financial Officers Council, Chief Human Capital Officers Council, Chief Information Officers Council, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, Federal Advisory Committees, Federal Executive Boards, Federal Geographic Data Committee, Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, General Services Administration, Interagency Alternate Dispute Resolution, Group, Merit Systems Protection Board, Office of Compliance, Office of Government Ethics, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Special Counsel, and the U.S. Ability One Commission.

The White House should also undergo some consolidation. For instance, the National Security Council can obtain the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, Homeland Security Council, Office of the National Security Advisor, and the President’s Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board.

The Council of Economic Advisors could obtain the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

The Office of Communications would acquire the Office of Public Engagement and the Office of the Press Secretary.

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs can acquire the Office of Cabinet Affairs, Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Political Affairs, and the President’s Management Advisory Board.

The Office of the Staff Secretary could annex the Office of Oval Office Operations and the Office of Scheduling and Advance.

The Office of Management and Administration should annex the Office of Presidential Personnel, the White House Staff can obtain the Office of the Chief of Staff, and the Executive Residence would acquire the Office of the White House.

Finally, the National Capital Planning Commission and the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia could be transferred to the jurisdiction of Washington, D.C., the Presidio Trust would be transferred to the jurisdiction of San Francisco, and the Denali Commission can be transferred to the State of Alaska.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.