A new executive order allowing public input into how federal agencies should be restructured could result in a flood of comments tilted in the direction of private companies’ self interests, former IRS officials warned.
The order signed March 13 by President Donald Trump directs Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to submit a plan to reorganize all executive branch departments and agencies. As part of the plan-making process, he will solicit comments from the public and consider when agency functions are better left to the private sector.
“There are certainly businesses that would have a private self-interest to comment on areas where they think they could do a better job than the government,” said Jorge Castro, founder of Castro Strategies LLC and a former Internal Revenue Service official and congressional tax counsel.
By Allyson Versprille