Audio: Jeff Zients on proposed federal agency reorganization


Jeff Zients, federal chief performance officer and deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, spoke with reporters Jan. 13 about a proposed plan to "streamline government." Zients said the Obama administration effort would begin by consolidating six federal agencies--pending Congressional approval.

If the Obama administration's proposal is approved, the Small Business Administration would become part of one business-focused department composed of SBA, the Department of Commerce's core business and trade functions, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

In the interim, the president elevated the SBA to a cabinet-level agency.

Under the proposal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would be pulled out of Commerce to become part of the Interior Department.

Scroll down to listen to an audio recording of the press call.

For more:
- see a press release on the proposed agency reorganization
- see a fact sheet on the proposal