Reshape Government

Effective and efficient for all

The Big Picture
  • A streamlined, focused government
  • Consolidated, effective programs
  • No long-term, unfunded commitments

The Details
  • Reduce the number of Cabinet-level agencies to create greater focus on mission, reduce overlapping overhead costs, and uncover potential efficiencies.
  • Make government more manageable with 7 Departments: State; Treasury; Defense, including Veteran Affairs; Justice; Homeland Security; Health and Human Services, including housing assistance; and "New” Department of Commerce including "old" departments of Commerce, Labor, Education, Agriculture, Interior, and Energy as well as Urban Development, Transportation (interstate and international), Environmental Protection, and Markets & Competition. 
  • Reduce the number of Congressional committees and subcommittees to parallel the cabinet-level department structure with three additional committees that span functions: Budget, Intelligence, and Congressional Operations. To build expertise, House members can serve on only one committee or one subcommittee while Senators can serve on one committee and one subcommittee.
  • “New” Commerce becomes an advocate for the economy, free markets, competition, consumers, and public goods – not specific interests or industries. 
  • "New" Commerce also provides an opportunity to align industry needs with education and the labor market. 
  • Move Veteran Affairs back within Department of Defense to maintain continuity of human capital as well as a connection between veterans and the Armed Forces. 
  • Move all health, nutrition, unemployment, housing, and other income security programs to the Department of Health and Human Services to create a concise, complete view of programs that provide assistance to individuals. 
  • Move all direct loan and loan guarantee programs to the Department of Treasury.

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