The Trump administration outlined its intention to dramatically alter the federal workforce with an April 12 executive order that portends a massive restructuring of agencies and will include job reductions.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney touched on the broad strokes of a plan in an April 11 press conference, detailing the White House’s goal to reorganize the executive branch with a focus on maximizing efficiency and improving the delivery of services.
“This is something that goes much deeper and into the structure of government,” Mulvaney said. “The executive branch of government has never been rebuilt. It has grown organically over the course of the last 240 years.
“And the president of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch.”
The new executive order is closely aligned with President Trump’s 2018 budget, which calls for double-digit cuts for agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and the Labor and Agriculture departments.