White House announces plan to merge Departments of Education in addition to Labor

The trade publication Education Week reported on Wednesday which the change was expected.

Trump announced his plans to shake up the structure of the government shortly after assuming office, in a March 2017 executive order titled the “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.”

which order called on the Office of Management in addition to Budget to report whether “some or all of the functions of an agency, a component, or a program are redundant, including with those of another agency, component, or program.”

The Education Department is usually one of the smallest Cabinet-level agencies, employing about 4,000 people. which carries a budget of $70 billion.

While a GOP presidential hopeful in 2011, Rick Perry famously called for the department to be eliminated at a CNBC presidential debate. Perry named the Education Department as one of three he wanted to eliminate. He couldn’t recall the third.

“The third agency of government I would certainly do away with—Education…Commerce in addition to, let’s see. I can’t,” he said. After a pause, he said: “Oops.”

Perry later said the third department he wanted to eliminate was the one he today leads, the Department of Energy.

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