Government Mergers

Written by Andrew Linn on September 26, 2022

Last week I mentioned all the government departments, agencies, boards, commissions, etc. that could be eliminated or privatized. Now I will focus on what mergers that can take place within the federal government.

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 Department of Justice.
  • 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 Defense

  • Acquire the Coast Guard from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Acquire the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Acquire the Armed Forces Retirement Home*, Defense Nuclear Facilities Board* and the Selective Service System*
    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 Homeland Security
  • To be placed under the Department of Justice, exceptions being the United States Coast Guard being transferred to the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency being transferred to the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Transportation Security Administration being abolished (and being replaced by private security companies).
    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 Justice

  • Acquire the Department of Homeland Security except for the United States
    Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Transportation Security Agency.
  • 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation 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*.

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

  • The Internal Revenue Service shall be abolished.
  • Acquire the Taxpayer Advocacy Council*.

Department of Veterans Affairs

  • To be placed under the Department of Defense.

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*.

If a red wave occurs come November, then such mergers just might take place.

Independent agencies, boards, and commissions are marked with *.

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.