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Everything your agency does is, theoretically, based in public policy. But when something happens to change public opinion, that policy might change. Take the Gulf oil spill, for example.
President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the power to merge federal agencies in an effort to make government more efficient and consumer friendly. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of consolidation authority last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. Analysts and former government insiders congratulate the president for the massive plan to streamline services. But they warn it will be tricky.
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Don Kettl, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, said policymakers can draw on lessons learned from previous rounds of government downsizing to make smarter decisions now. He made his remarks from the 2011 Excellence in Government conference.
University of Maryland's Don Kettl cautions that the new website may be a little too good at finding the "profoundly goofy stuff that the government does."