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The legislative branch "likes to be engaged earlier in the process and have some input into designs" rather than receiving a finished product from agencies, she said."The more that can be done on the front end to engage and actually develop a working relationship between the branches, that's going to serve the agencies much better as they are trying to be innovative and do some different things," Simmons added.Panelists at the event hosted by the Center for Organizational Excellence at the National Press Club discussed the executive order and OMB guidance to agencies on restructuring their workforce."Congress doesn't like to be surprised," Simmons said." Interior is a "very complicated department with a great deal of dispersed activity and many authorities," Scarlett said.Of Zinke's joint management area concept, Scarlett said coordination and collaboration are important, especially in instances where there are "blended missions." Individual agencies, however, also have specialized missions that don't necessarily overlap with one another but still need to be carried out, she said.
The idea is based on the military's joint command structure."There needs to be more lower grades, and they need to be in the field.Example, when a GS-14 retires, we should hire a GS-6 or 9." Zinke has told lawmakers that he wants to reduce the department workforce by 4,000 full-time jobs through a mix of attrition, separation incentives and reassignments to meet the recommendations of the Trump administration's fiscal 2018 budget request.A second round of reassignment notifications for other senior executives at BLM and the National Park Service has been expected all summer, but to date details are scant.Interior has roughly 225 or so senior executives across the department. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico are among the members of Congress who have expressed concern over the reassignments and Interior's larger reorganization effort.