If you have been following the story on Agency and Program realignment then you have seen the example of the pizza and the number of different agencies involved with overseeing the making of that pizza depending upon the toppings. For heavens sakes only make a cheese pizza, makea pepperoni pizza (adding meat to the equation) and you might find Army jeeps in your parking lot! I am just being facetious howeverthe Trump administration is looking to realign agencies so that redundancies can be eliminated.“With change comes opportunity!”
Why GWACs/GSAs will be Increasingly Used
I personally believe that major moves like these will force the acquiring department to resort to large scale us of GWACs (Government-wide Acquisition Contracts) because the acquiring agency will not have time to put the contracting vehicles in place for the acquired missions. Generally putting new acquisition vehicles in place takes on average 270 days, but that is in the course of normal government business. This is likely to alter the ways in which agencies buy in the near-term as they work to integrate these new missions.
Here are a list of the Alignment Imperatives
Rational:Department of Labor and the Department of Education have the common goal of preparing Americans for success in a globally competitive world.Combining the two will allow a more encompassing strategy of taking a child and developing them into productive members of society.
Example:The Federal Government currently operates more than 40 workforce development programs spread across 15 agencies.
Rational:When a person/family needs to sign up for assistance they goto a single state agency.That agency assists this person/family in signing up for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), nutrition assistance through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).This creates a duplication of effort in administering these programs as they are with different agencies.
Rational:Today the Army Corps of Engineers has both military and civil functions.The Civil Works program has three primary missions:commercial navigation, flood and storm damage reduction and aquatic ecosystem restoration.Moving these functions to the Civil agencies will give them the ability to create more comprehensive plans.
Army Corps Navigation – DOT
Army Corps Flood Damage and Ecosystem Restoration - DOI
Rational:GAO has listed food safety as a high risk area for the federal government since 2007.FSIS and FDA are the two primary agencies with major responsibility.FSIS is responsible for the safety of meat products and the FDA all other foods.Many food products contain both meat and other foods and there are other redundancies with this current separation.
Example: FDA has responsibility for the safety of eggs while they are inside their shell.Once they leave their shells they fall under the responsibility of FSIS.One agency overseeing both reduces redundant efforts at the same food facilities.
Both USDA and HUD operate similar programs to assist home owners and low-income renters and support rental housing development.Each agency operates its own mortgage insurance program for home purchase and refinance.
Example:Prior to the internet and computers the USDA through its focus on agriculture had the greatest presence in rural America.Therefore in the 1940s when these mortgage programs were developed with the USDA as the administrator.Today with the internet this close proximity no longer provides value.
The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) are currently part of the Department of Commerce under NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is operated by the Department of the Interior.This creates redundancy as well as creates confusion in the act of obtaining permits.
EPA oversees environmental cleanup on private lands, where the Department of the Interior and USDA oversee cleanup on Federal Lands.The DOI and USDA inherited some 80,000 mine sites in the 1970s that they oversee.The DOI and USDA follow EPA guidelines however having the EPA oversee the cleanup at Federal Lands as well consolidates the cleanup efforts under one roof.
The United States gives out approximately $9 Billion dollars in federal aid to people around the world annually.Increasingly those funds are provided to refuges of war torn areas.U.S. AID will have greater integration with the State Department so that efforts undertaken have maximum impact and leverage when needed can be applied to protect those in which the US government is providing aid.
All of these moves make a lot of sense and will lead to