Heritage is working hard to ensure that limited government is pushed forward as much as possible.

Recently, the State Department started undergoing a major restructure–cutting costs and finding ways to be more efficient.

Many of these restructure changes come straight from Heritage’s playbook on reorganizing the Federal government.

Read the Blueprint for Reorganization: An Analysis of the Federal Departments and Agencies >>

Limiting and restructuring the federal departments and agencies is a much-needed step to create the lasting change needed in Washington.

What Federal Agencies are the most inefficient and should be reorganized first?

Comments (31)

Richard Singletary - September 1, 2017


Albert (Alberto) Castro Jr - September 1, 2017

The most inefficient Federal Agencies are, the Department of Education and the IRS. The Department of Education should be abolished all together. The States should tend to their own educational needs, not the federal government. IRS should be greatly down sized and streamlined for efficiency.

William Coates - September 1, 2017

Only four executive-branch departments are both essential and constitutional; State, Defense, Treasury, and Attorney General. The federal government was created to deal with other nations, to defend the states, to maintain a stable currency, and to enforce such laws as might be passed by Congress within their delegated powers.
The others deal with matters that belong to the states, and should be returned to the states (that includes federal lands). The states can then decide to what extent they wish to handicap their respective citizens and businesses by imposing taxes and regulations, and how their legislators think they can get away with that. ‘Federal money’ is a fiction – everything D.C. has, it first took from the states.
As long as you want to keep existing departments, ask each one to prioritize its operations for a budget at 50% of last year’s level. Then take out everything that relates to climate change and government subsidies. What’s left might be important.

Jean-Jacques VITRAC - September 1, 2017

The Surgeon General is a waste of tax-payer money. So is a large part of FDA.

J Bruce Gabriel - September 1, 2017

One of the greatest threats to the American People- even greater than ISIS is the leviathan- the federal government, also known to many as the federal beast. This is exemplified by the persecution of local police by the federal government and federal meddling into the operations of local police departments. It is extremely urgent that Classical Federalism be re-adopted and that we decentralize and downsize the federal beast as soon as possible;
The meticulous and methodical President Calvin Coolidge, a systems expert said it best, (as he always does) when he noted:
“No method of procedure has ever been devised by which liberty could be divorced from local self-government. No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic, and being autocratic they resist all development. Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It is the one element in our institutions that sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody.” – From: Calvin Coolidge, Foundations of the Republic p 410-411

I have observed rioting and other types of disturbances from Boston to Berkeley. These unsettled times have been caused by the policies of the central government, particularly unconstitutional executive orders and other actions made by Barack Obama that did not conform to laws passed by the Congress. And our $20 trillion dollar national debt has been created by the federal government largely due to inefficient and pork barrel spending by the federal beast.
We must immediately eliminate bloated bureaucracies such as the federal Dept. of Education, The Department of Health Education and Welfare (now HHS) , the Agriculture Department, Energy Dept. and greatly reduce the size of others. This is the only way we can stop soft tyranny from transforming into the hard tyranny that the civil society is experiencing more and more of these days.

Trudy Slater - September 1, 2017

Continue to weed out and drastically minimize our State Dept. The same format with IRS and DofE. Drastically cut payments to any nations that harbor or condone terrorists. Dump NAFTA and Iran treaty (a joke at our expense). Use all the extra $ to build the WALL and hire more ICE and Border Patrol.

Jan Kreider - September 1, 2017

Eliminate the Dept. of Education, Public Broadcast System, Planned Parenthood, IRS; that would be a good start and then go from there.

Tom Lanners - September 1, 2017

Knowing what I know about what agencies are even Constitutional, and Government waste and inefficiency, it would be difficult to pick the most inefficient agencies.
Start with eliminating Cabinet Departments that are unconstitutional, and then eliminate every three letter unconstitutional agency, starting with the E.P.A.

BOBBY E. RICHARDSON - September 1, 2017


Bill Gaumer - September 1, 2017

Doesn’t matter much which agency. — All are too inefficient because that’s the incentive we give them through the budget process. Could start by immediately terminating ALL political appointees of the previous administration, temporarily appointing civil service personnel to assume their duties. The civil servants, thankful for their new authority, would be far more responsive to the public than the appointees who are partial to the previous administration.

Roger Jones - September 1, 2017

Lets start with whoever is supposed to make America energy independent. After years and years from Carter and billions and billions of dollars we were no more energy free than when they started. But they sure spent a lot of our money along the way. Then can the Imp-exp bank, which helps no one but those not needing it but who can afford lobbying. Then can the cronies who keep enslaving the farmers with GMO plants for which they must keep buying seeds for plants that normally and naturally self-propagate.

Barbara Baker - September 1, 2017

My views align with each of these opinions; however, any eliminating would be considered a good thing in my opinion. Tom Lanners comments on those Cabinet Departments and further comments on the E.P. A. and other such titled agencies… I am in complete agreement. Then William Coates nails it and gives us the ‘ structure rebuilding ‘ to our Federal Government. What Mr. Coates outlines is, of course, as the Founders designed America to be. The bloated agencies and departments that interfere with our ability as citizens to survive daily include, first, the IRS. This so-called Federal Agency is nothing more than a money making power grab that was developed, in my humble opinion, to take advantage of the ignorance of a populace that could be manipulated, etc., etc. I believe it came about in many of its elements as our ‘ esteemed Federal Reserve ‘. Ensuring that the Constitution is upheld and respected is America’s great mission now. Any leader or leaders who do not fully understand or choose not to revere and uphold the Constitution must not be allowed to govern. America, again in my opinion, is now in Crisis Mode. Respect, adherence to law and order, and a determination to uphold America’s Founding Principles must take center stage. A great ‘ beginning ‘ in that direction is the ‘ restructuring ‘ as this article tells us with the State Department. Beginning ‘ at the beginning ‘ is the best place to start.

G. ALLAN BARNES - September 1, 2017

Most of them have anywhere from a lot to OMG amount of inefficiency, here’s a few; EPA, BLM, D of Ed, IRS, NSA, CIA, PBS, HHS, HEW, FBI, D of Energy . . .well, you get the idea. Reduce ALL agencies, at least 10% to start, then cut some more than others. Example: there’s at least 17 spy agencies and we’re no safer now then when there were only 6, not to mention the redundancy.
Congress gave these agencies the authority to write their own rules and enforcement so, in effect, they act like their own governments.
Clean out Obama holdovers, leakers & the deep state by telling NSA, FBI etc, to find the leakers or tender their resignations !

JOHN EMMI - September 2, 2017

Limiting and restructuring are great objectives but, until the corruption, arrogance and the weaponized supervisors are eliminated it’s all wasted time, money and effort.

Keith Waldrop - September 2, 2017

Heritage should get behind passage and enactment of the Fair Tax which would eliminate the need for the IRS and accomplish massive and lasting tax reform to greatly stimulate the economy by creating huge incentives for U.S. and foreign corporations to invest in our country instead of overseas.

Dolores Gadevsky - September 2, 2017

The most inefficient Federal Agency is the IRS. Also, The Dept. of Education, as well as Health & Human Services, which should not be Federal Agencies at all.. (That is probably why Congress cannot manage to pass a Healthcare Bill.) Those responsibilities should more efficiently lie with the states, as indicated by the Constitution.

Jerry Metcalf - September 2, 2017

Hard to pick they all suck. IRS first after TAX overhaul.
OBOLISH 17 Amendment

Ellen Verell - September 2, 2017

Eliminate: Departments of Education, Energy, HUD, Labor, Commerce; IRS.
Leave in place: Atty.General, Treasury, Defense and State; downsize State severely. Take welfare out of Dept. of Agriculture and downsize USDA to a regulatory role. Cut off all funding to PBS,Planned Parenthood, United Nations and to all governments sponsoring terrorist groups. Return to States’ Rights as the Founders intended.

Pam Lindquist - September 2, 2017

Health & Human Services – MediCADE needs revamping. I know a 26 year old totally capable of working except for Asthma. She fell of parents insurance so found out about MediCADE – works side jobs under the table ! This is not good for her future life nor for our government. There is too much of this “Learning & using the system”. Then they teach the NEXT generation! Also IRS & our Tax system is crazy !

John Ross - September 2, 2017

From my perspective, the IRS and EPA are the most incompetent and destructive and should be eliminated pronto.

David Lopez - September 2, 2017

I believe the Native America Indians deserve more than the BLM people and that Dpt. should be eliminate– Appoint the regular tribe hierarchic to handle any controversies. Maybe even appoint congressmen to serve in DC Food for thought !!!

Ken Struttmann - September 3, 2017

I agree with William Coates 100%. This will never happen- Most of these “cushy” jobs are held by GOP and Dems alike. Why would they “fire” their constituents?

James Oden - September 3, 2017

Agriculture should be reorganized and down sized. It is bloated in terms of farms assisted in this tech age.

Gordon - September 3, 2017

I agree. The Fed.gov’t is too large and too expensive. However, if and when we eliminate departments and jobs, where are all those poor souls going to go to find real work?. And what will it do to our unemployment figures? Let’s make ALL Senators and Representatives, both National and State, take a 50% cut in pay except of course, NH which I believe rules the state the way the founders intended.

W Bradley Coy - September 3, 2017

The 3 most important Fed Agencies to start with are the Fed Reserve, IRS, and Dept of Education. I’m in full agreement with all unelected regulatory agencies to be cut or at least their power to collect money from fees and penalties be eliminated or cut them all together!!!

Barbara Rush - September 4, 2017

The Federl Department of Education should be eliminated all together. The Federal Government has no legal role to play in our children’s education. Environmental law needs to be changed drastically to stop the courts from controlling our land and stopping the forest service from doing their job of managing the forest. We’re tired of “fire season” here in Montana. Let’s go back to the old 4 seasons.

George J. Held - September 4, 2017

I agree with all these comments and with the Heratage Foundation attempts , but I don’t think the congress or executive departments or the judiciary give a hoot. To accomplish meaningful perminant structural changes I think an Article 5 Convention of States amendment process is the best way to achieve perminant structural changes to reel in an over reaching fereral government that is unresponsive to the states and citizens. After all it was the states that created the fedral government and the franers, anticipating the current problem put Article 5 in the constitution to curtail an out of controll centralized government.

Ken Stewart - September 4, 2017

The IRS should follow the State Dept. Then Education. All budgets should be justified instead of just adding funds to the old one.
At the same time clear up the apparent agreement to not investigate and prosecute the outgoing administration’s criminals. As long as these people believe that they will not be prosecuted, this will continue to destroy our country.

John McDonough - September 6, 2017

Get rid of the UN (at least from NY!) Abolish the IRS, DofEd, DofEnergy, and cut all the rest by 50% That will be a start. Return power to the States!

jared farney - September 7, 2017

Well Ed Fullner, check with citizens against government waste. You will find your answer. Since you are a CNP Rino and not a true conservative or patriot, I doubt it. Lazy ass Heritage foundation, part of the problem.

MACD expert advisor - October 8, 2017

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