White House survey provides additional opportunity to #SaveIMLS

The White House is currently seeking public input on how the federal government can be better organized—with a focus on which government agencies should be reformed or eliminated. The official survey follows an Executive Order “directing the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies, components of agencies, and agency programs.”

While framed in terms of eliminating government programs, the survey provides an opening to speak to the value of small but vital agencies like the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). So, after you have called your Senators to ask them to sign the FY 2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Dear Appropriator letters, log on here to add your voice to the record on the impact of IMLS and other federal agencies to libraries, museums and the communities we serve. The last survey question is the most open-ended regarding “any other ideas for reorganizing the Federal government.”

The survey is open until June 12.

About Larra Clark

As Deputy Director of the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), Larra’s responsibilities include overall management of OITP’s telecommunications portfolio and day-to-day management of America’s Libraries for the 21st Century (AL21C) projects and those in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, she served as the project manager in the ALA Office for Research & Statistics for three years.

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