On March 13, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13781, Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. The Executive Order calls on the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of the executive branch. On April 12, the OMB Director released OMB Memorandum (M)-17-22, Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce, which provides guidance on fulfilling the requirements of EO 13781 as well as the January 23, 2017, Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze (Hiring Freeze memorandum).
This KPMG Government Institute white paper provides (1) a snapshot of the purpose and requirements of EO 13781 and the Hiring Freeze memorandum and the implementing guidance in M-17-22, (2) highlights our observations on what it will take to sustain these initiatives, and (3) addresses five areas for initial consideration in developing the agency plans. These five areas, which are addressed in M-17-22, focus on management and organizational issues, or how federal agencies carry out their missions. They do not and are not intended to address public policy decisions around the role of government and the value of federal programs, which will be a major consideration by agency heads in developing agency plans and by the OMB Director in preparing the government-wide plan.