DOL to Develop Reform Plan

Upon confirmation as secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta will be expected to implement a "comprehensive agency reform plan" as specified by a March 13 executive order.

Someday soon, Alexander Acosta is likely to be the U.S. secretary of Labor. Nominated by President Donald J. Trump in February, he awaits a confirmation vote in the U.S. Senate.

And when Acosta does take office, he will be expected to implement a "comprehensive agency reform plan" as specified by a March 13 executive order from President Donald J. Trump, an order aiming to make the federal government "more efficient, effective, and accountable" to the American people. The order directs the director of the Office of Management and Budget to present President Trump with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies.

For now, Edward Hugler, deputy assistant secretary for operations in the DOL Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management, is serving as acting secretary of Labor.

The president's order asks the American people to submit ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized. We can speculate that the submissions will castigate enforcement agencies such as the IRS, EPA, and DOL, but perhaps not.

The Labor Department has posted a short notice saying it "will begin taking actions to develop a comprehensive agency reform plan, as directed by guidance from the Office of Management and Budget. The goal is to create a more efficient and accountable department that works for job seekers, workers, employers and retirees across the U.S. The resulting Government-wide Reform Plan will be delivered as part of the president’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget and will draw on three primary sources: Agency Reform Plans, OMB-coordinated crosscutting reforms and public input."

The notice says the department "encourages all citizens to share their ideas on improving the government at https://whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch."

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