The Trump administration is reportedly readying to release its plan for federal government reorganization.
Politico reports, citing sources, the proposal includes sweeping changes to the structure of public assistance programs.
Proposed plans include moving a number of them to the Health and Human Services Department, including the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known to some as food stamps.
“You have low-income assistance in a bunch of different shops without one point of oversight and without a whole lot of communication. Why not have one federal agency responsible for execution?” one of the sources told Politico.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar
There is also reportedly a desire to change the name of HHS, preferably to something that includes the word “welfare.”
The Hill points out, “The reorganization could face tough odds of coming into fruition, given it would likely require congressional approval.”
Trump has long talked about welfare reform and as PBS notes, he “wants to put his stamp on the welfare system, apparently in favor of a more restrictive policy.”
Back in April, the president signed an executive order “directing federal agencies to strengthen the work requirements for various welfare programs,” reports NPR.
“The administration argues that despite low unemployment…enrollment in various government assistance programs remains high, years into the economic recovery,” NPR added.