06/26/2018 - The Trump administration released a proposal on June 21 to reorganize the federal government. The Academy recognizes that the proposed changes would impact vital food, nutrition and health programs that employ Academy members working to improve the nations' health and wellbeing.
The proposed changes would include the consolidation of federal nutrition assistance programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and renaming it the U.S. Department of Health and Public Welfare. The plan defines these nutrition assistance programs to include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, the Child and Adult Food Care Program and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program. Furthermore, the proposal would establish a new Council on Public Assistance to administer all federal benefit programs, with a specific focus on uniform work requirements.
Other proposed changes include consolidation of food safety programs, federal research programs and the U.S. Public Health Service Corps. The majority of the proposed changes require Congressional action; Congress recently rejected many of these same proposals made in the President's Fiscal Year 2019 budget request.
The Academy will send a letter to members of Congress and the Administration outlining how the proposal would impact access to evidence-based nutrition programs and the public health infrastructure. The Academy continues to advocate for nutrition and public health programs where Academy members are improving patient and population health.