[ExI] Merging of agencies [ was Should the US Have a Military Presence in Space?]
sparge at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 16:17:17 UTC 2018
On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 11:54 PM SR Ballard <sen.otaku at gmail.com> wrote:
> The US really does have a proliferation of agencies which compete. For
> example: CIA, FBI, NSA, etc. I think it would be cheaper to combine them
> somehow, so they could pool resources and intelligence. It doesn’t seem to
> me that this type of redundancy is useful.
Yeah, I get the distinction between domestic and international
surveillance, but there are too many spy agencies.
As far as agencies being merged... well, Trump is floating a merger of
> Department of Education and Department of Labor, into, I’m not sure, maybe
> a Department of Education, Training, & Employment. Not sure if I agree with
> the move because his motives seem suspect, but we’ll see how it plays out.
Education and Labor are different enough that I don't think combining them
But another thing to consider is maybe we actually need more agencies/
> departments. Which sounds insane, I know, but hear me out. Look at all the
> agencies and departments involved with the US Immigration system. They are
> absolutely inefficient and make the whole system insufferably complicated,
> because “one hand doesn’t know that the other hand is doing”. And that
> makes accountability hard, because they can all just point fingers at each
That implies that we need fewer agencies, not more.
The entire US government is way too bloated and redundant in all the wrong
> ways. It’s definitely “too big” in the sense that it could do more with
> less. Maybe we need to go through with the pain and expense of reorganizing
> and streamlining the whole thing.
It's also "too big" in the sense of trying to do too much and spending more
than we have. But with our current political system I don't see any way for
that trend to reverse.
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