4 questions about Trump’s agency reorg order

4 questions about Trump’s agency reorg order

March 14, 2017 (Photo Credit: Evan Vucci/AP)
The White House’s much-anticipated plan to reshape federal agencies landed with a leaden thud on March 13, promising a tectonic shift in the executive branch.

The new executive order calls for agency leaders to submit a plan to the Office of Management and Budget within 180 days to reorganize their operations, possibly by eliminating components and merging offices.

While the order lays out a broad plan for how officials are meant to move forward, many questions remain. Here are four things President Trump’s reorganization plan still needs to answer.

Who will make the reorganization plans?

Per the executive order, agency leaders have until roughly Sept. 9 to submit plans “to reorganize the agency, if appropriate, in order to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of that agency.”

But while the Trump administration continues to take shape, several agency leaders have yet to be appointed. Temporary agency heads were put in place to maintain agency functions ever since Jan. 20, but it’s unclear whether they will be made permanent leaders, will craft the reorganization plans or whether the White House intends future candidates to craft those plans once they are appointed.

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