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Trump Administration proposing federal agency changes

Mick Mulvaney. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever tried to do those brain building exercises on the Internet? They usually involve solving puzzles to keep your brain nimble. Would you like to try one? Try and track of all the proposed changes to federal agencies by the Trump Administration.

Management and Budget Office Director Mick Mulvaney summarized the Trump Administration’s view of how the current federal agency system format works.

But, do not worry.

The White House released their plan for federal agency reorganization yesterday.  Some of these changes would affect the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including taking on all food safety inspections. Some of these duties are handled at both the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Also, the plan takes rural housing programs away from the USDA and transfers them under Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The biggest change, for agriculture, involves taking SNAP and WIC away from USDA jurisdiction and giving it to Health and Human Services (HHS). A move that could take those programs out of the Farm Bill. A move which could make future ag legislation murky. House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX 11th) gave his thoughts.

Keep in mind, none of these changes can be implemented without Congressional approval. So these proposals are just ideas for now.