President Trump signed a mandate on Monday that will require all federal agencies to report wasteful spending and inefficient spending as he attempts to reorganize the executive branch to be more efficient.
This reorganization will make the agencies as “lean and as effective as possible” in what appears to be on of Trump’s most significant orders as President thus far. Trump signed the executive order surrounded almost entirely by his cabinet, which he has claimed is the “great cabinet” ever assembled.
Trump said that what this executive order will do is “very, very special” and this order is a step into the direction of making the federal government more accountable to the American people.
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Trump called for the review three days before giving Congress his first budget proposal, which is expected to include deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments to cover an anticipated $54 billion increase in Defense Department spending.
He also said the “thorough” review will be led by the Office of Management and Budget and include public input.
Trump said the review will make the agencies “as lean and as effective as possible,” eliminate billions of dollars in redundancies and determine whether services are “truly serving the American people.”
Among the other agencies and programs also purportedly facing cuts are the departments of Education, Energy, State and Housing and Urban Development.
Preliminary reports show a 25 percent cut to the EPA, with the elimination of 3,000 jobs and the end of a $300 million annual program to clean up the Great Lakes.
However, the reports show increases to such Cabinet-level agencies as the Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security departments, including $3 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roughly $1 trillion of Trump’s overall estimated $4 trillion annual federal budget goes to Cabinet agencies and departments.
The remainder of his budget — proposals on taxes, mandatory spending and deficits and projections on the economy — won’t come out until May.
“This is the beginning of a long overdue reorganization of the federal government,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said early Monday.