• Trump Administration Proposes Merging Education and Labor Departments
  • July 10, 2018
  • On June 21, the Trump Administration proposed merging the Education and Labor Departments in to a single agency: The Department of Education and the Workforce. The merger, part of a plan announced in 2017 by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, would require congressional approval. The proposal outlines the creation of four subagencies under the new department, including one called the American Workforce and Higher Education Administration which would "bring together current [Department of Labor] workforce development programs and [Department of Education] vocational education, rehabilitation, and higher education programs," in an effort to eliminate redundancy across multiple agencies. The other three subagencies would cover K-12 education, research/evaluation/administration and enforcement. The latter would enforce both worker protections and civil rights laws that protect students.