Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has introduced legislation (S. 1836) to move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Department of the Interior. If the reorganization proceeds, NOAA would become the largest agency within the Department of the Interior. The proposed change is part of a plan to consolidate the Department of Commerce, where NOAA is currently housed, with the Department of Labor.
“Duplicative programs cost the federal government staggering amounts of money every year,” Burr said in a statement. “The president has proposed merging and consolidating federal agencies several times over his two terms, and this bill advances that proposal. Combining offices with similar functions within these two agencies is a common-sense approach that reduces wasteful spending and would streamline our approach to comprehensive economic policy.”
President Obama has repeatedly asked Congress for the authority to reorganize federal agencies. Although past Presidents have held the power to restructure the Executive Branch, President Obama does not have this authority. Moving NOAA to Interior is one of the President’s expressed goals.
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