In Their Own Words: WHO Is Behind President Trump’s BIG WORKFORCE Initiative

Reorganization and Reform Plan

In Their Own Words:  WHO is Behind President Trump’s BIG WORKFORCE Initiative, Part I

 The Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies and departments recently unveiled a reorganization plan of the federal government.  The plan is said to be a necessity, due redundant and outdated policy and, of course, fiscal responsibility.  Much of this is true. Merging the Department of Education and Labor is the #1 goal among the various missions of the reorganization plan.  The reorganization plan points to a much longer document titled, “The President’s Agenda: Strategic Workforce Management, which spells out better how the American workforce will be managed from the Federal government.

What exactly did Trump request?  In March 2017, not long after taking office, Trump released his Executive Order tasking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to examine all executive departments and agencies.

“Based on this input, we will develop a detailed plan to make the federal government work better, reorganizing, consolidating and eliminating where necessary. In other words, making the federal government more efficient and very, very cost productive.  So we’re going to do something, I think, very, very special.”

The OMB and agencies quickly responded delivering the vision one month later.

“Today, OMB issued a reform plan, “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce,” to chart the course for a restrained, effective, and accountable Government to better serve the American people.”

*To understand more about the OMB, the agency describes itself as, “OMB carries out its mission through five critical processes that are essential to the President’s ability to plan and implement his priorities across the Executive Branch:

  1. Budget development and execution.
  2. Management, including oversight of agency performance, human capital, Federal procurement, financial management, and information technology.
  3. Regulatory policy, including coordination and review of all significant Federal regulations by executive agencies.
  4. Legislative clearance and coordination.
  5. Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda.

Mick Mulvaney is the director of the OMB and Betsy DeVos is the secretary of the US Department of Education.

There are two documents which clearly show the intent of the OMB, agency heads and the president:

  1. Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations
  2. The President’s Management Agenda: Strategic Workforce Management

The President’s “FY 2019 Budget:  Strengthening the Federal Workforce” is due out later this fall.

The federal Reorganization document, “The Opportunity” (pg. 23) raises many alarming questions.  It states, “The workforce development program consolidation would centralize and better coordinate Federal efforts to train the American workforce, reduce administrative costs, and make it easier for State and localities to run programs to meet the comprehensive needs of their workforce.”

Neither the Reorganization Plan nor the Strategic Workforce Management initiative discuss education in terms of academics.  These documents only discuss the “skills” needed for the workforce.  This language is reminiscent of the language of the National Goals (George HW Bush), GOALS 2000 and School-to-Work (Bill & Hillary Clinton), SCANS Documents (US Dept of Labor – Clintons), and later federal education grants.  For Minnesotans, this was the language of OBE and the Profiles of Learning.  And, of course, we can’t forget Marc Tucker’s, Dear Hillary Letter!

Certainly, there’s another way to reduce the federal debt and consolidate some programs across agencies.   However, no amount of money saved is worth taking the plunge into a government-managed economy for our country’s children, families, employers and workers, which in the end, translates into removing liberty from every citizen.

 

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