Tiger Beat (again) tells us: White House calls for deep agency cuts
The White House on Wednesday will direct federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year, according to the White House budget chief and documents provided to POLITICO.
Agency heads will receive a 14-page memorandum outlining changes. The memo, which replaces the federal hiring ban Trump enacted in January, outlines cuts based on Trump’s “skinny” budget, released last month. The budget proposal called for deep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in military spending.
…and of course this action has the required buzzwords of corporate America: actions, performance, effective…
The memo tells agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.” It also instructs agencies to develop by June 30 a plan to “maximize employee performance” — i.e., take steps to reward employees deemed effective while working to improve or dismiss weak performers. The memo also calls for delivery by September of an agency reform plan to shrink personnel to accommodate long term budget reductions outlined in the skinny budget.
…which is odd when you consider that there is no profit and loss calculation on government. What’s that you say?
Speaking to reporters, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the end result will likely take effect in about 11 months. The executive branch will be dramatically different, Mulvaney said, with agencies operating more like private businesses. Mulvaney downplayed the cuts, saying the focus was on making agencies more efficient, not just smaller.
Oh, private bidness, which is accountable to no one. Got it.
The memo also tells agencies to explore new technologies to “automate processes and result in increased efficiency and budgetary savings.”
Automate? So automate the swamp? “Bribes go in here, payback comes out here?” Just replace the agencies with an ATM outside the boss’ office. That ought to do it.