In a wide-ranging blueprint to overhaul the federal government, the White House released a report entitled, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” which outlined a wide-ranging plan to overhaul the federal government. The blueprint would impact nearly every agency.
This effort stems from an Executive Order signed by President Trump last year which directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work on a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch and reduce duplication and redundancy while improving efficiency. Outlined in the report, beginning on page 93, is a recommendation to streamline small business programs across the federal government, specifically citing duplicative programs in the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs.
Programs dealing with small business lending, various certifications and contracting support would be consolidated and managed within the Small Business Administration. If there are contracting programs requiring technical expertise, those programs could continue to reside in their current agency. Per the report, the goal would be to “strengthen and streamline SBA’s operations across two of its primary program areas: 1) capital access; and 2) Government contracting support.”
It is important to note that most of these actions would require congressional approval.