As part of our transition to Zuulv3 a year and a half ago, we carried over some compatibility tooling that we would now like to clean up. Specifically, we add a zuul-cloner (which went away in zuulv3) shim and set a global bindep fallback file value in all jobs. Zuulv3 native jobs are expected to use the repos zuul has precloned for you (no zuul-cloner required) as well as supply an in repo bindep.txt (or specify a bindep.txt path or install packages via some other method).
This means that we should be able to remove both of these items from the non legacy base job in OpenDev's zuul. The legacy base job will continue to carry these for you so that you can write new native jobs over time. We have two changes  ready to go for this; however, due to the potential for disruption we would like to give everyone some time to test and prepare for this change. Fungi has a change to base-test  which will remove the zuul-cloner shim. Once this is in you can push "Do Not Merge" changes to your zuul config that reparent your tests from "base" to "base-test" and that will run the jobs without the zuul-cloner shim.
Testing the bindep fallback removal is a bit more difficult as we set that in zuul's server config globally. What you can do is check your jobs' job-output.txt log files for usage of "bindep-fallback.txt".
Our current plan is to merge these changes on June 24, 2019. We will be around to help debug any unexpected issues that come up. Jobs can be updated to use the "legacy-base" base job instead of the "base" base job if they need to be reverted to the old behavior quickly.
Finally, Fungi did some excellent spelunking through history to understand how we got here. If you are curious you can find more details at: http://lists.openstack.org/pipermail/openstack-discuss/2019-June/006881.html.