In more normal times, it was routine to expect administrations to publish the organizational charts of their executive branch agencies. These charts offer transparency, giving the public a glimpse into the inner workings of the complex world of each executive branch agency. These charts also allow the public to understand how governance works and potentially identify which departments require more oversight.
But of course, we don’t live in normal times. In these surreal times, the Trump administration has not published their own organizational chart for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Our allies at American Oversight sent a straight forward FOIA request to the OMB last November to release their organizational chart. Sadly, they have not heard back.
As a part of their congressional oversight duties, The House Budget Committee should take immediate action, including but not limited to subpoenas, to demand that this chart be released. The administration’s secrecy around the role of the OMB — an office that helps craft and executes the country’s budget and legislative priorities — is alarming and undemocratic. Congress must step up in its oversight duties to keep an eye on Trump’s rampant corruption and misuse of government.