Federal Departments

The only change the Democratic Federalists are demanding is that the Federal Government no longer be allowed to tax the population directly. Instead, the States will each pay their pro-rata share of the Federal budget.

Perhaps the Congress will determine that nothing else should change. However, we note that with the change in how the Federal Government is funded, there are many activities that would be better carried out by the States.

For example, why would the States collect tax revenue to give to the Federal Government just so the Federal Government could turn around and hand it back to the States in order to build highways? There is no need for the federal government to act as a middle-man, and no need for the States to pay the federal government to do the things the States are capable of performing.

And so we suggest the following changes. But please note that this is a preliminary read based on how the Federal budget was set out in 2019. Many things have changed, and so these should be taken only as a starting point for a long and complicated debate.

Current Departments

Close Department – Savings of $144,452,000,000

Department of Agriculture Mission: We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.

We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Rename – Department of Interstate Commerce / Reorganize

Department of Commerce Mission: It promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. Through our bureaus and 46,608 employees (as of January 31, 2018) located in all 50 states, every U.S. territory, and more than 86 countries, we provide U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service. Among many other functions, the Department oversees ocean and coastal navigation, helps negotiate bilateral trade agreements, and enforces laws that ensure a level playing field for American businesses and workers.


Department of Defense Mission: It is America’s largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the department has grown and evolved with our nation. Our mission is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security.

Close Department – Savings of $103,618,000,000

Education Department Mission: is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Reorganized – No savings

Energy Department Mission: to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

Close and Reorganize – Savings of $506,167,000,000

Health and Human Services Mission: to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.

Department of Homeland Security Mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear – keeping America safe.

Close Department – Savings of $28,275,000,000

HUD has no mission statement or description of its services.

Reorganized – No savings

Department of the Interior Mission: to protect and manage the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provide scientific and other information about those resources; and honor its trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated Island Communities.

Reorganize Department

Dept. of Justice Mission: To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Close Department – Savings of $35,805,000,000

Dept. of Labor Mission: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


Department of State Mission: to lead America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

Reorganize Department – Savings of $61,867,000,000

DOT Mission: To ensure America has the safest, most efficient and modern transportation system in the world, which boosts our economic productivity and global competitiveness and enhances the quality of life in communities both rural and urban.

Reorganize Department

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s mission is to maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively.


VA Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Proposed Departments

The mission of this department would be to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.