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Trump on track to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management

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President Trump is planning to use his executive powers to remove a federal agency, in line with his administration's goal of cutting what it sees as wasteful spending and inefficiencies, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: By the fall, the Office of Personnel Management anticipates an executive order that will break up the agency and, at first, assign its responsibilities to 3 different departments. The administration reportedly does not intend to lay off any of its 5,565 employees, but will eventually shrink its workforce through retirements and unfilled vacancies.

PBS CEO: "I don't understand" why Trump keeps proposing to defund us

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Sesame Street characters which are aired on PBS and HBO. Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

PBS CEO Paula Kerger criticized the Trump administration's budget proposal that would eliminate funding for the network, saying "I don't understand why we seem to be perennially in this fight" on a Politico podcast released Wednesday.

The big picture: This is the third time PBS has been on the chopping block in a budget proposal from the Trump administration, one funding cut of many that has been controversial. Two years of Republican control of Congress left the funding intact, and it's highly unlikely a Democratic House would do any different.

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