From: Alex Leary
Date: March 13, 2017 at 4:39:41 PM EDT
Subject: In-town print pool No. 4
From the Oval Office, surrounded by Cabinet members, POTUS signed an executive order titled “Comprehensive Plan For Reorganizing The Executive Branch.”
He made brief remarks before the pool.
“We have assembled one of the greatest Cabinets in history and I believe that so strongly. And we want to empower them to make their agencies as lean and effective as possible and they know how to do it. Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted …
“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to see where money is being wasted, how services can be improved and whether programs are truly serving American citizens.”
POTUS said the OBM director will oversee the evaluation in consultation with experts in and outside the government as well as the public.
“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.”
That plan, POTUS went on, would be submitted to Congress for implementation.
P.S.: Thanks to the TV crew that played the video in briefing room as some poolers, myself included, missed the call, which came earlier than advertised.
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