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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.

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Larra Clark

Larra Clark is the deputy director of both the Public Library Association and Washington Office’s public policy team. Larra received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arizona and has a M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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