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Outside experts see White House merger plan hitting choppy waters

There's waste and confusion among the six trade- and business-focused agencies that the White House wants to consolidate. That's the conclusion of four panelists who debated the merits of the proposed merger at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market Washington think tank. They disagreed, however, on the best solution.

Tags: workforce , management , SBA , Commerce , USTR , consolidation , Chamber of Commerce , Center for American Progress , American Enterprise Institute , Emily Kopp

Thursday - 02/23/2012, 02:39pm EST
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White House unveils new trade initiatives, website as first steps in agency overhaul

Just days after President Barack Obama officially asked Congress for the authority to consolidate federal agencies, the administration has announced interim steps it will take to promote business and trade. They include the launch of a website focused on making it easier for businesses particularly small ones to work with the government.

Tags: OMB , Commerce , SBA , management , Congress , Barack Obama , Steven VanRoekel , BusinessUSA.gov , Lisa Brown , Michael Froman

Monday - 02/20/2012, 04:05pm EST

Obama formally seeks agency-consolidation authority

President Barack Obama has officially asked lawmakers for the authority to consolidate and reorganize federal agencies as part of a first-step in merging several agencies related to business and trade. If Congress approves the legislation, Obama has said his first step would be to merge several business- and trade-related agencies into a single Cabinet-level department.

Tags: OMB , management , Jeffrey Zients , John Boehner , Commerce Department , Orrin Hatch

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 04:47pm EST

What can feds learn from private-sector in proposed reorganization?

John Powers, a principal with Deloitte Consulting, specializes in the company's mergers and acquisitions practice. JoAnn Boutelle is a former deputy chief financial officer with the Defense Department and is now a partner at Deloitte & Touche. Along with former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.),. Powers and Boutelle joined In Depth with Francis Rose for a discussion of the proposed federal reorganization as well as the role the private sector can play in those consolidation efforts.

Tags: management , best practices , industry , Deloitte Consulting , Deloitte & Touche , John Powers , Tom Davis , JoAnn Boutelle , Commerce ,

Monday - 02/06/2012, 08:06pm EST
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What does SBA's elevation to Cabinet mean for small business?

Guy Timberlake, the chief visionary officer at the American Small Business Coalition, joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the recently announced federal reorganization. Specifically, what will change on a day-to-day level for agency employees and small-business owners with the elevation of the Small Business Administration, to a Cabinet-level post.

Tags: SBA , Commerce , In Depth , Francis Rose , Guy Timberlake , American Small Business Coaliton , small business

Monday - 01/16/2012, 04:32pm EST
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