The end of the Trump Administration’s first 100 days is just around the corner, and a government shutdown is on the horizon. Having a balanced budget would be a good solution to the problem, but so would restructuring the federal government by means of selling off various government entities (and perhaps government properties), which in turn would bring in more revenue at the federal level and thus reduce the national debt. Other government entities can simply be eliminated.
The following government agencies, boards, corporations, etc. can be privatized: African Development Foundation, AMTRAK (a.k.a. National Railroad Passenger Corporation), Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Broadcasting Board of Governors (a.k.a. International Broadcasting Bureau, a.k.a. Radio & TV Marti), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commission on Fine Arts, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Inter-American Foundation, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Morris K. Udall Foundation (a.k.a. Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Peace Corps, Smithsonian Institution, Social Security Administration, Stennis Center for Public Service, Tennessee Valley Authority, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Postal Service, United States Agency for International Development, United States Trade and Development Agency, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
The following government departments, agencies, etc. can be eliminated: Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Corporation for National & Community Service, Council on Environmental Quality, Council on Women and Girls, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Federal Election Commission, Federal Energy Regulation Commission, Federal Reserve System, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Legal Services Corporation, Internal Revenue Service, Medicare Advisory Payment Commission, Medicaid and Chip Access Commission, National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, 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, Postal Regulatory Commission, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Small Business Administration, Social Security Advisory Board, 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, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Vietnam Educational Foundation, White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance, White House Council for Community Solutions, White House Initiative and President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and all offices of Czars.
So there you have it, the selling off or elimination of various government departments, agencies, corporations, etc.
Next week, I will focus on federal entities that can be consolidated or transferred.
photo credit: J Sonder Lincoln Memorial during the Government Shutdown [explored] via photopin (license)