President Obama has once again asked Congress to give him the authority to reorganize federal agencies. During a speech on his second-term management goals, Obama referenced his plan to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Department of the Interior; the agency is currently within the Department of Commerce. The president would also like to consolidate six business and trade agencies into one agency.

President Obama does not currently have the authority to restructure the Executive Branch, although previous Presidents have held this power. The administration asked Congress last year to grant the President the authority to consolidate the federal government. If the reorganization does proceed, NOAA would become the largest agency within the Department of the Interior.

Thus far, few policymakers have expressed any enthusiasm for moving NOAA to the Department of the Interior.


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