President Donald Trump ordered work to begin on a reorganization plan for the federal government to reduce its size and cost.
“Today there is duplication and redundancy everywhere,” Trump said in an Oval Office signing ceremony on Monday. “Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted.”
The order requires federal agencies to submit a reorganization plan, including proposed cuts. Trump ordered a freeze on federal hiring in January, and on Thursday, he’s scheduled to release a budget plan that would impose deep spending reductions for federal agencies outside the Defense Department.
“This order requires a thorough examination of every executive department and agency to identify money — where money is wasted and how services can be improved and whether or not the programs are truly serving the American people,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday ahead of the signing ceremony.
Spicer said the order would commence a lengthy process of overhauling the federal government.
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