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MORE COMMON SENSE WAYS to Avoid a Government Shutdown

Last week, I discussed the various government departments, agencies, etc. that can be abolished or sold. This week I will discuss the various government departments, agencies, etc. that can be consolidated or transferred.

The Department of Agriculture can acquire the Farm Credit Administration*.

The Department of Commerce can acquire Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs from the Department of Agriculture. It can also acquire the Commodity Futures Trading Commission*, Consumer Product Safety Commission*, Federal Communications Commission*, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council*, Federal Trade Commission*, National Credit Union Administration*, Securities and Exchange Commission*, and the United States International Trade Commission*.

The Department of Defense can acquire the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the Armed Forces Retirement Home*, Defense Nuclear Facilities Board*, and the Selective Service System*.

The Department of Health and Human Services can acquire the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (a.k.a. Access Board)*, Chemical Safety Board*, Joint Fire Science Program*, National Council on Disability*, and the National Interagency Fire Center*.

The Department of Homeland Security can be placed under the Department of Justice, with the exceptions being the United States Coast Guard being transferred to the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency being transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Transportation Safety Administration being eliminated (and replaced by private security companies).

The Department of Housing and Urban Development can be renamed the Department of Development, and obtain Rural Development, Rural Housing Service, and the Rural Utilities Service from the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of the Census from the Department of Commerce. It can also obtain the Appalachian Regional Commission*, Election Assistance Commission*, Interagency Council on Homelessness*, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency*.

In the Department of Justice, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement can be replaced by their predecessor the Immigration and Naturalization Service, while the duty of customs enforcement can become the responsibility of the United States Customs and Border Protection. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms can be divided into a Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco (which in turn can be transferred to the Department of Agriculture) and a Firearms Enforcement Division (which can be placed under the Federal Bureau of Investigation). The Drug Enforcement Administration can be placed under the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition, the Department of Justice can acquire the Commission on Civil Rights*, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention*, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board*, and the State Justice Institute*.

The Department of Labor can obtain the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission*, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service*, National Labor Relations Board*, National Mediation Board*, Occupation Safety and Health Review Commission*, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation*, and the Railroad Retirement Board*.

The Department of State can acquire the Commission on International Religious Freedom*, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (a.k.a. Helsinki Commission)*, Panama Canal Commission*, and the United States Institute of Peace*. It can also acquire the World Leadership Center from the legislative branch.

The Department of the Interior can obtain the Forest Service, Natural Resources and Environment, Wildlife Damage Management, and Wildlife Services from the Department of Agriculture, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the Department of Commerce. It can also obtain the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation*, American Battle Monuments Commission*, Arctic Research Commission*, Delaware River Basin Commission*, Environmental Protection Agency*, Federal Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds*, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin*, Marine Mammal Commission*, Mississippi River Commission*, National Archives and Records Administration*, National Constitution Center*, National Park Foundation*, Nuclear Regulatory Commission*, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board*, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission*.

The Department of Transportation can acquire the Federal Maritime Commission* and the National Transportation Safety Board*.

The Department of the Treasury can obtain the Taxpayer Advocacy Council*.

Note: * refers to an Independent Agency, Board, Commission, etc.

Next week I will be presenting the third and final part of my plan on restructuring the federal government.

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Andrew Linn

About the author, 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 examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.

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