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Mar192017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, first budget proposal/ federal bureaucracy?: Commentary (Op-Ed: Doyle McManus), "The federal bureaucracy needs an overhaul, but Trump's budget plan is nonsensical" ....

* Los Angeles Times (Op-Ed: Doyle McManus):  "The federal bureaucracy needs an overhaul, but Trump's budget plan is nonsensical" - From the LAT:

There’s one thing President Trump is right about: The federal bureaucracy is due for an overhaul. “Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner and more accountable,” Trump said last week before he unveiled his first budget proposal. “We must do a lot more with less.”

That’s not a controversial proposition. Members of Congress and public management experts from both parties agree with it. The federal bureaucracy, hamstrung by rules from the last century, is way behind the private sector in management practices. Even federal workers think so. In the government’s last employee survey, more than half said their organizations don’t do enough to reward innovation or weed out poor performers.

So if Trump wants to fix it, hurrah. But he’s going about it the wrong way — with a blunderbuss of a budget plan and a reorganization order that, so far, is almost completely content-free.

Let’s start with the budget proposal, a blueprint the White House called a “skinny budget.” It wasn’t about eliminating waste, increasing efficiency or reducing federal spending overall. It didn’t even touch the deficit. Instead ..................