Posted: 3:43 am ET
Last week, we blogged about Carl Risch who was recently nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs (State/CA). See Ex-FSO Who Once Advocated Moving Visas to DHS May be the Next Asst Secretary For Consular Affairs. On Wednesday, CNN came out with a report about the Trump White House is reportedly considering a proposal to move both CA and PRM to the Department of Homeland Security. The report says the memo came from the WH Domestic Policy Council. Trump’s DPC page currently says “Domestic Policy Council – Check back soon for more information.”
According to the Obama White House, Executive Order in 1993, established the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) to coordinate the domestic policy-making process in the White House, to ensure that domestic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals, and to monitor implementation of the President’s domestic policy agenda.
The DPC is chaired by the President and comprised of the following Council members (see if you can spot who’s missing):
- Vice President;
- Secretary of Health and Human Services;
- Attorney General; Secretary of Labor;
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs;
- Secretary of the Interior;
- Secretary of Education;
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
- Secretary of Agriculture;
- Secretary of Transportation;
- Secretary of Commerce;
- Secretary of Energy;
- Secretary of the Treasury;
- Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency;
- Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers;
- Director of the Office of Management and Budget;
- Assistant to the President for Economic Policy;
- Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy;
- Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of National Service;
- Senior Advisor to the President for Policy Development;
- Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy;
- AIDS Policy Coordinator; and
- such other officials of Executive departments and agencies as the President may, from time to time designate.
You can read the full Executive Order here.
A January 5 Transition announcement includes the following appointments to the DPC; director and council report to the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Stephen Miller.
Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council - Andrew Bromberg -worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel on Nominations for Senator Mitch McConnell. He worked as the Policy Director for the 2016 Republican Party Platform. He now works in a lead policy and administrative role on the Presidential Transition Team.
Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of Budget Policy – Paul Winfree – Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Data Analysis and the Richard F. Aster Research Fellow, all at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Winfree was the Director of Income Security on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
The move, which the White House official cautioned was far from becoming official policy, would likely be controversial among diplomats and experts in State Department matters.
The proposals were written in a memo submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget from the White House Domestic Policy Council as part of President Trump’s March executive order pushing for ideas for Government Reorganization.
A senior White House official cautioned that the proposal was far from becoming policy, telling CNN that the idea of moving the longstanding State Department bureaus to the Department of Homeland Security is “one among many in a document resulting from a brainstorming session focused on improving efficiencies across government. None has been reviewed in great depth, let alone formally approved.”