LINN: Government Mergers

Written by Andrew Linn on May 2, 2022

Recently it has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security has created a Disinformation Governance Board, which needs to be abolished since it infringes on the First Amendment.

As for the Department of Homeland Security, it can be placed under the Justice Department, except for the Coast Guard (which can be transferred to the Defense Department), FEMA (which can be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services), and the TSA (which can be abolished and replaced by private security companies).  In addition, the Defense Department can acquire the Department of Veterans Affairs, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Defense Nuclear Facilities Board, and Selective Service System.

The following changes can take place in the Department of Justice:

  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall be abolished and replaced by their predecessor (the Immigration & Naturalization Service), and the duty of customs enforcement shall be transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Enforcement should be divided into a Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco (which shall be transferred to the Department of Agriculture) and a Firearms Enforcement Division (which shall be transferred to the FBI).
  • The FBI would acquire the Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • Acquire the Commission on Civil Rights*, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention*, National Indian Gaming Commission*, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board*, and the State Justice Institute*.

There are many other mergers that should take place within the federal government, which are as follows:

Department of Agriculture

  • Transfer the Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Wildlife Damage Management, and Wildlife Services to the Department of the Interior.
  • Transfer the Rural Development, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service to the Department of Housing & Urban Development (to be renamed Housing & Development).
  • Transfer the Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs to the Department of Commerce.
  • Acquire the Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco from the Justice Department.
  • Acquire the Farm Credit Administration*.

Department of Commerce

  • Transfer the Bureau of the Census to the Department of Housing & Urban Development (to be renamed Housing & Development).
  • Transfer the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the Department of the Interior.
  • Acquire Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs from the Department of Agriculture.
  • 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*.

Department of Health & Human Services

  • Acquire the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Acquire the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)*, Chemical Safety Board*, Joint Fire Science Program*, National Council on Disability*, and the National Interagency Fire Center*.

Department of Housing & Urban Development

  • To be renamed the Department of Housing & Development.
  • Acquire the Rural Development, Rural Housing Service, and Rural Utilities Service from the Department of Agriculture.
  • Acquire the Bureau of the Census from the Department of Commerce.
  • Acquire the Appalachian Regional Commission*, Election Assistance Commission*, Interagency Council on Homelessness*, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency*.

Department of Labor

  • Acquire the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission*, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service*, National Labor Relations Board*, National Mediation Board*, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission*, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation*, and the Railroad Retirement Board*.

Department of State

  • Acquire the Commission on International Religious Freedom*, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)*, Panama Canal Commission*, and the United States Institute of Peace*.
  • Acquire the Open World Leadership Center from the Legislative Branch.

Department of the Interior

  • Acquire the Forest Service, Natural Resources & Environment, Wildlife Damage Management, and Wildlife Services from the Department of Agriculture.
  • Acquire the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration from the Department of Commerce.
  • Acquire 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*.

Department of Transportation

  • Acquire the Federal Maritime Commission* and the National Transportation Safety Board*.

Department of the Treasury

  • Acquire the Taxpayer Advocacy Council*.

Federal Interagency Commission

  • Acquire 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*, Council of Inspectors General on Integrity & Efficiency*, 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 Working 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 Council of Economic Advisers shall acquire the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative** and the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness**.  The National Security Council shall acquire the Homeland Security Council**, Office of the National Security Advisor**, the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board**, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence**, and the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive*.  The Office of Communications shall acquire the Office of Public Engagement** and the Office of the Press Secretary**.  The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs shall 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 shall acquire the Office of Oval Office Operations** and the Office of Scheduling & Advance**.  The Office of Management and Budget shall acquire the Office of Presidential Personnel**.  The White House Staff shall acquire the Office of the Chief of Staff**.  The Executive Residence shall acquire the Office of the White House**.

The District of Columbia can acquire the Commission on Fine Arts*, National Capital Planning Commission*, and the Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia*, the City of San Francisco can acquire the Presidio Trust*, and the State of Alaska can acquire the Denali Commission*.

* Refers to an Independent Agency, Board, etc.

** Refers to an office within the White House

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.