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White House Reorganization Plan Calls for Public-Private Partnership to Facilitate Citizen Service Delivery

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The Office of Management and Budget has proposed the establishment of a public-private partnership center to help federal agencies improve the delivery of services to citizens and oversight of public resources as part of a governmentwide reorganization plan, Government Executive reported Thursday.

The report “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” calls for the creation of a public-private partnership through the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research Center.

The GEAR Center would bring together researchers, nonprofit organizations, academics and the private sector to prototype models and strategies to help agencies respond to technological changes with an aim to enhance service delivery and citizen experience.

The center will work to leverage big data, address federal workforce skill requirements and advance collaboration with industry through procurement and grant-making initiatives.

The White House also proposed the move of background investigations to the Defense Department from the Office of Personnel Management; privatization of the U.S. Postal Service; reorganization of OPM; and merger of the departments of Labor and Education into a single cabinet agency, the report added.

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