IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 17, 2012
Mr. Lieberman (for himself and Mr. Warner) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To provide for reforming and consolidating agencies of the Federal Government to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
This Act may be cited as
Reforming and Consolidating
Government Act of 2012.
Providing consolidation authority
Defining an efficiency-Enhancing plan
Section 902 of title 5, United States Code, is amended—
in paragraph (2),
and after the semicolon;
in paragraph (3),
by striking the period and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following:
efficiency-enhancing plan means a reorganization plan that the Director of the Office of Management and Budget determines will result in, or is likely to result in—
a decrease in the number of agencies; or
cost savings in performing the functions that are the subject of that plan.
Modernizing reorganization authority
Section 905(a) of title 5, United States Code, is amended—
by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
abolishing or transferring an independent regulatory agency, or all the functions thereof, or consolidating 2 or more independent regulatory agencies, or all the functions thereof;
by striking paragraph (5); and
by redesignating paragraphs (6) and (7) as paragraphs (5) and (6), respectively.
Duration and scope of authority
Section 905(b) of title 5, United States Code, is amended
if the plan and all that follows and inserting the
following: “if the plan is—
transmitted to Congress (in accordance with section 903(b)) on or before the date that is 2 years after the date of enactment of the Reforming and Consolidating Government Act of 2012; and
an efficiency-enhancing plan.
Exercise of rulemaking power
Section 908(1) of title 5, United States Code,
is amended by striking
December 31, 1984 and inserting
the date that is 2 years after the date of enactment of the
Reforming and Consolidating Government Act of
Terms of resolution
Section 909 of title 5, United States Code, is amended
the matter after the resolving clause and all that
such modifications and inserting
matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: .
approves the reorganization plan numbered _____ transmitted to Congress by the
President on ___________., and includes such
If any provision of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or the application of such provision or amendment to any person or circumstance is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the application of the provisions of such to any person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby.