President Obama wants Congress to give him the power to consolidate agencies and create new departments – merging parts of agencies such as the FDA, Health and Human Services and Commerce Departments.
The Commerce Department, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Investment Corporation and the U.S. Trade and Development agency would all be merged into one new department, under President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal.
The budget also combines the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA’s food-related inspection programs into one new agency with HHS. The different programs already have significant overlap, according to the budget.
These are interesting “first offers”.