The list below of ideas for Executive Orders from the Center for American Progress’s policy experts offers just some of the many possible actions the administration can take using existing authority to move the country forward:
1. Reduce oil imports and make progress toward energy independence.
2. Progress toward reducing greenhouse gas pollution by 17 percent by 2020.
3. Conserve federal lands for future generations.
4. Manage public lands to support a balanced energy strategy.
5. Convene and engage hunters and anglers in the development of a fish and wildlife climate adaptation plan.
6. Generate solar energy on U.S. Air Force hangar roofs.
7. Direct an assessment, strategy, and new policy development to promote U.S. competitiveness.
8. Launch new consumer financial protection bureau with an aggressive agenda to protect and empower consumers.
9. Increase small business hiring and purchases by accelerating implementation of the Small Business Jobs Act.
10. Promote automatic mediation to avoid foreclosure where possible and speed resolution.
11. Web portal to empower housing counselors, reduce burdens on lenders, and speed home mortgage modifications.
12. Stabilize home values by turning “shadow REO” housing inventory into “scattered site” rental housing.
13. Promote practices that support working families.
14. Partner with the private sector in health care payment reform.
15. Focus on health care prevention in implementing the Affordable Care Act
16. Streamline and simplify access to federal antipoverty programs.
17. Replace costly, inhumane immigration detention policies with equally effective measures.
18. “Educational productivity” initiative to help schools spend wisely to prepare our children for the 21st century.
19. Ensure students can compare financial aid offers from different postsecondary institutions.
20. Improve the quality, standards, and productivity of postsecondary education.
21. Scrutinize federal spending programs and tax expenditures to achieve greater returns on public investment.
22. Build the next-generation Recovery.gov web site to track all public expenditures and performance in real time.
23. Use new information technology for faster, more transparent freedom of information.
24. Create a virtual U.S. statistical agency.
25. Collect data on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in federal data surveys.
26. Rebalance our Afghanistan strategy with greater emphasis on political and diplomatic progress.
27. Promote domestic revenue generation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
28. Appoint a special envoy for the Horn of Africa and the southwest Arabia Peninsula region.
29. Appoint a special commission to assess contracting practices in national security and foreign affairs.
30. Use executive branch authority to mitigate impact of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy if Congress does not repeal it.
31. Redouble support for Palestinian state– and institution-building efforts
32. Pursue dual-track policy on Iran while sharpening focus on Iranian human rights issues.
33. Reinvigorate the U.S.-Turkey strategic alliance.
34. Develop a comprehensive policy on the Russia-Georgia conflict.
Doesn’t all this send a thrill up your leg?