The Trump administration has taken over the Department of Health and Human Services, a senior White House official said Tuesday.
The move to consolidate the two departments follows a month of high-profile changes by the administration.
President Donald Trump on Nov. 9 appointed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley as his chief of staff.
He has also picked a new chief of the Office of Management and Budget.
The new chief, Mick Mulvaney, has a history of working closely with Trump.
In a statement, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the move would “ensure that we have an independent, accountable, well-funded, well prepared department.”
The department would have to be reorganized to conform to the administration’s priorities, according to the statement.
Mulvaney is also the administrator of the U and B Housing Banks, a private-sector bank in New Jersey.
The two agencies would be consolidated in the next few weeks to better align with the Trump plan to “reorganize the federal government into a modern, accountable and functional agency,” according to a press release from the Office for Budget and Management.
The Trump administration had previously sought to consolidate HUD into two separate agencies, the Department for Urban Development and the Department.
In the end, the president chose the latter.
In March, the White House announced that it would no longer be responsible for “developing and implementing housing policies” for the HUD agency.
But it did not specify the specific policy it would follow.
Instead, it said the new administration would focus on building partnerships with “local, state and federal partners to address housing affordability, homelessness and economic mobility.”