OMB Issues Agency Reform Plan Based on March Executive Order

"This is a centerpiece of [the president's] campaign and a centerpiece of his administration".

Asked by a reporter which agencies would likely be cut, and which were likely to grow under the administration's plan, Mulvaney gave two examples. Most immediately, the plan involves adjusting the hiring freeze imposed on federal.

The main point is not to blindly shrink the size of the federal government, but instead cutting costs by making it more efficient, Mulvaney and Team Trump have said.

"Mulvaney, whom USA Today describes as the ‶architect" of the developing federal budget, which calls for the elimination of 60 agencies and programs, said in a memo that agency heads will need to outline steps they believe the federal government should make to enforce cuts in their agencies.

Trump is asking the agencies "to start from scratch. with a blank piece of paper and say, 'If you were going to rebuild the government of the United States, what would it look like?'" according to Mulvaney. "It has grown organically" for decades, Mulvaney said. We're trying to do something that's never been done", Mulvaney said, adding that the executive branch "has never been rebuilt.

Mick Mulvaney told CNBC's John Harwood Wednesday that President Trump's campaign promise to eliminate the national debt in eight years was "hyperbole". The ban will be replaced with a "smart hiring plan", which requires each agency to reorganize itself in compliance with the larger goals of the administration and the budget. In recent years (such as 2009-2014) it has continued to decrease, at a slower rate, from 2.77 million in 2009 to 2.66 million in 2014. Senior leaders at both departments have said the hiring freeze did not damage their ability to conduct daily priorities, but have conceded minor problems with staffing and operations as positions were stalled.

A 2015 report by the Office of Personnel Management, found that veterans made up 44% of all full-time hires in the federal government.

If Democrats believe the Trump administration will seek a major cut in the federal workforce, they could harden their stance with Republicans seeking other cuts.

"This is about good government, it's not about big government, it's not about small government, it's about good government", he said.

He said that getting lobbyists out of the process was part of it, but that so was restructuring the government, including being able to reward people doing good jobs and find a way to get the others to follow suit or get out.

He is interested in putting some people on there who are reformers, and who want to make sure the bank sticks to its knitting and doesn't experience some of the mission creep that many of our critics have seen.

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