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Administration not 'confirming' food safety consolidation

Although Jeff Zients, who is now White House Office of Management and Budget director, said recently that consolidation of food safety agencies would be one of those “addressed in subsequent, specific proposals,” an OMB spokeswoman has told The Hagstrom Report that the administration has not confirmed which areas of the government might be consolidated beyond the consolidation of the six business agencies that was announced last week.

“The administration has not confirmed specific areas for future consolidation proposals beyond the first one announced by the president," said Moira Mack, an OMB spokeswoman.

An administration source also said the administration does not plan to put forward further proposals unless Congress reinstates the president’s authority to consolidate agencies.

A number of agriculture industry and consumer advocates reacted negatively to the idea of consolidating the 12 agencies involved in food safety.