WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he will seek authority to merge, consolidate and reorganize federal agencies. The White House says it would be the first such overhaul of the bureaucracy in half a century.
The pitch is part of an overarching reform theme in Obama's address. He is also calling on Congress to become more transparent and show when members are meeting with lobbyists. Obama has already called for a review of regulations with a goal of eliminating those that are burdensome or don't work.
Obama's call echoes that of House Republicans, following their victories in 1994, and the demands of tea party activists for smaller government.
The White House released a copy of the text of Obama's speech in advance.