Guest blog post by John Bryson, Secretary of Commerce. Cross-posted at Chamber Post.
Today, the President announced his plan to ask Congress for the
authority to reorganize and consolidate the government so we can provide
more effective, efficient services to the American people. He wants
this authority, which Presidents had until it lapsed in 1984, so that we
can modernize our structure to better compete in the global economy and
maximize services for the American people. And the first priority
would be to strengthen the ways that American businesses – large and
small – can work with the government to compete, export, and grow.
There is not a federal agency that can't be better or smarter in
accomplishing its mission. That's why this consolidation authority is
so critical. Many of the structures in place right now are outmoded and
More specifically, today the President also announced that he would
use such authority to organize all of the business and trade related
functions into a new department, including many functions of the
Currently, there are six major departments and agencies that focus
primarily on business and trade in the federal government, including:
U.S. Department of Commerce’s core business and trade functions, the
Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment
Corporation, and the Trade and Development Agency.
Consolidating these agencies will create one new Department with one mission: to spur job creation and expand the U.S. economy.