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Senators Are Floating a Plan to Authorize Local-level Federal Executive Boards

September 22, 2022


Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Alex Padilla, D-Calif., have introduced a new bill they say would improve collaboration among federal government offices outside the capital by authorizing existing federal executive boards meant to do just that.

These federal executive boards were created by a presidential directive in the 1960s, but aren’t currently authorized by Congress, meaning their funding isn’t stable. Currently, administrative funding for each board comes from “a voluntary host department or agency, while project funding is covered by local member agencies,” according to a government website about the boards.

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