"We are trying to figure out a way to make the government more responsive, more accountable", he said.
An April 12 memorandum provides guidance to federal agencies tasked with complying with the Reorganization Executive Order entitled "Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch" as the January 23, 2017 hiring freeze is lifted.
Leo Shane III covers Congress, veterans affairs and the White House for Military Times.
President Donald Trump is launching his plan to restructure the US government on Wednesday, and it likely has wide-ranging effects for agencies governing healthcare. He added that multiple offices across multiple agencies handle trade, and pressed that it should be more centralized, as well.
The new timeline also fits with President Trump's budget recommendations that include the elimination of at least 60 executive branch agencies and programs, along with severe cuts to others such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"The president of the United States has asked all of in the executive branch to start from scratch", Mulvaney said.
The White House official talked up the effort as a "major accomplishment" and bragged that Trump was getting the gears in motion in his first 100 days, even though the the president's discretionary spending budget was poorly received by Congress and is unlikely to make it through the legislative branch.
"This is something that goes much deeper and into the structure of government", Mulvaney said. Mulvaney said while the change will allow some of those positions to now be filled, "it does not mean that the agencies will be free to hire willy-nilly".
"There are going to be some places where they have the ability to reduce size immediately and they may be called upon to do that in order to line up with the president's priorities", Mulvaney said of agency leaders. Preliminary plans are due from departments in June, with the final versions expected in September.
Agencies he's said he wants to slash should cut their workforce accordingly, a copy of the memo that was provided to DailyMail.com says.
One of the ideas, he said, was "why don't you restructure the government in terms of the functions that it performs?" He said fixing the government is more important.
"This is a big part of draining the swamp", the budget director said Tuesday. "If you're on the left, the right, the middle, they don't know where they are philosophically, they know that Washington doesn't function well".
The White House is requiring agencies to improve the effectiveness and accountability of their employees, by rewarding high performers and clearing a straighter path to take action against poor ones. "Really, what you're talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C. That is how you drain the swamp".