The Commerce Department is history, according to House Budget Committee Chairman John R. Kasich (R Ohio). Last week, House Republicans unveiled their plan to break apart the department, which is the GOP's first target. To save about $8 billion by the year 2000, according to House Republicans, the proposal would eliminate six of Commerce's larger programs, but spare many of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's programs, which make up about 40% of Commerce's budget. However, the surviving programs would be transferred to other federal departments under “The Department of Commerce Dismantling Act.” The National Weather Service would be transferred to the Department of the Interior. The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would be eliminated. Some labs would be privatized, while others would be moved to the Department of the Interior. The NOAA Corps fleet would be sold to the private sector.