OMB Gives More Details on Agency Consolidation Plan

February 1, 2012

President Barack Obama will send Congress a bill in the coming weeks to reinstate the President's authority to consolidate agencies, said Lisa Brown, director of the government reform for competitiveness and innovation initiative at the Office of Management and Budget.

The bill would require proposals to "reduce the number of agencies or save costs," she said. "That's new. It's always been in the ether around reorganizations but never a requirement."

Brown offered more details about the consolidation plan at a forum Tuesday on improving performance through efficiency.

In addition, the bill would limit Congress' ability to tweak the proposal. Brown likened it to the up-or-down vote that Congress has on trade agreements and Base Realignment and Closure plans. 

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