U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Leaders Request Clarification From OMB Director On Agency’s Role In State, USAID Reorganization
The Hill: Lawmakers question OMB on role in State Dept., USAID reorganization
“Top lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday demanding to know what role the agency will play in reorganizing the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The letter, signed by committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), ranking member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), among others, states that while the State Department and USAID have been forthcoming with details regarding their impending reorganization, the OMB has not clarified what role it will play in the two agencies’ transformation…” (Bowden, 9/12).
POLITICO: Lawmakers want more info on State Department redesign as proposal comes due
“…The lawmakers’ letter comes as State and USAID are due to send Mulvaney a reorganization proposal as early as this week, following up on an executive order issued by President Donald Trump six months ago. The letter also follows a Senate panel’s vote last week to fully fund State and USAID — a rebuke to Trump’s proposal to slash their budgets by a third. ‘We firmly believe that reforming the diplomatic and development architecture of the United States should enhance — not impede — the ability of the State Department and USAID to advance our most pressing foreign policy priorities,’ the letter states…” (Toosi, 9/12).