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Obama to Seek Authority to Merge Agencies

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President Obama’s plan to split up Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, giving its tax collection mission to the Internal Revenue Service and its “protect the public” functions to Food & Drug Administration is part of a larger plan to be unveiled this morning.

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President Obama’s plan to split up Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, giving its tax collection mission to the Internal Revenue Service and its “protect the public” functions to Food & Drug Administration is part of a larger plan to be unveiled this morning.

Obama will say he is responding to public concern that government has grown too big by asking Congress to give him authority to merge agencies. Under the proposal, to be disclosed in a speech this morning, Obama would propose agencies be consolidated. Congress would then have just 90 days’ to vote on the proposal on an up-or-down basis.

A White House official told The Associated Press the first consolidation would involve Commerce Department agencies that focus on business and trade as well as the Small Business Administration, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the Trade & Development Agency.

Obama will position the proposal as creating one agency that will “help business thrive,” the AP said.

Obama will note that Presidents held such authority for about 50 years, until it expired during President Ronald Reagan’s term.

The proposal to create a superagency will eliminate roughly 1,000 jobs and save $3 billion over 30 years by eliminating overhead, human resources and similar functions.

Source: NABCA / Beverage News Daily

Jan 13th


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