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Obama to propose combining agencies to shrink federal government
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Source: Washington Post

President Obama asked Congress on Friday for the power to consolidate parts of the federal government, proposing a first step of merging several trade- and commerce-related agencies under a plan that the White House said could eliminate more than 1,000 jobs and save $3 billion over 10 years.

Obama said he wanted to get rid of myriad duplications and inefficiencies including having five different entities involved in housing, and more than a dozen agencies that regulate food safety.

No business or non-profit leader would allow this kind of duplication or unnecessary complexity in their operations, Obama said in a late-morning White House appearance before small businesses leaders. . . .So why is it OK in our government? Its not. It has to change.

The White House proposal is Obamas follow-through on his promise during last years State of the Union address to create a leaner, more efficient bureaucracy. But the move also comes at a politically opportune moment, as the president heads into his re-election campaign and aims to blunt Republican criticism that his policies have stunted business growth and bloated the federal budget at a time of ballooning debt.

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