REORGANIZATION LOOKS LIKELY AT US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

In response to President Trump’s 2017 Executive Orders directing federal agencies to find ways to reduce their size, the Trump Administration is reportedly eyeing the Department of Education for a major reorganization and some fat trimming. To accomplish this, the administration’s proposal seeks to consolidate some offices at the agency and eliminate others. For example, the Office of Postsecondary Education and Career and Technical Education would be combined into “a single Office of Postsecondary and Lifelong Learning according to news outlets. The administration also wants to reduce the number of political appointees and restructure reporting lines, but some of that is easier said than done because some things require an act of Congress. At the same time, political appointees such as the Undersecretary of Education which isn’t a position required by law, face elimination. The Department is expected to begin this reorganization in phases soon.