One Department Says Workforce Cuts Won't Be Part of Its Reorganization

Government Executive: The Agriculture Department on Thursday became the first part of the executive branch to announce initial plans to restructure itself as part of a key initiative from the Trump administration, but in breaking with the president said workforce reductions would not be a part of its proposal.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called the plan a “down payment” on Trump's executive order and corresponding implementation guidance from the Office of Management and Budget that called on agencies to submit reorganization proposals and plans to cut civilian employees. The changes would move USDA components around and create new offices, but the department emphasized the reforms would not cut staffing.

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