Dick Kirschten

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Proxy Wars

September 1, 1999 ashington's frequent battles over bureaucratic reorganization aren't always about improving managerial efficiency. Such fights often have more to do with impeding an agency's ability to perform a function that has lost favor with Congress. A case in point is the Agency for International Development, which recently emerged more or less...

Boutique Bureaucracy

September 1, 1999 n May, after NATO bombers struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, American Ambassador to China James Sasser was literally under siege in Beijing, trapped in his window-shattered embassy as anti-American demonstrators pelted the building with stones, eggs and tomatoes. Less than three weeks later, a congressional investigative panel issued a...

A Taxing Problem

August 1, 1999 hen it comes to diplomacy, you've got to take your hat off to Charles Rossotti, who has assumed the daunting task of trying to convince Americans that the tax collector is their friend. Perhaps even more delicate for the Internal Revenue Service commissioner is maintaining cordial relations with a...

The Bugle's Fading Call

July 1, 1999 n the half century following World War II-the last military crusade fully embraced by the American public-service in uniform was all but essential for launching a political career. Indeed, veterans occupied the White House from 1945 to 1993 and made up majorities in at least one chamber of the...

Overlooking Management

June 1, 1999 rom both a Republican Congress and a Democratic President, Washington hears the refrain that "the era of big government is over." But not necessarily the lyric that an "era of smart government" has taken its place. Let's face it, the music of management reform inspires few lawmakers to kick up...

Less Reform Than Meets the Eye

May 1, 1999 he reorganization and integration of foreign affairs agencies being carried out this year is a bit less dramatic than its prime mover, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms of North Carolina, once hoped. Three years ago, Helms issued a triumphant press release that declared in bold type: "Bill Abolishes...

Broadcast News

May 1, 1999 A new agency with a bold mission is set to boost America's broadcast efforts overseas. By Dick Kirschten n October, a newly independent agency-with a long and exotic history-will join Washington's bureaucratic ranks. Its mission: to supervise taxpayer-supported broadcasting activities abroad, which for more than half a century have...

Supply and Demand

May 1, 1999 t's an article of faith on Capitol Hill that America can shield itself from many evils by taking "control" of the border with Mexico. Since 1994, the Border Patrol has doubled in size to 7,000 agents, but Attorney General Janet Reno is still being chided for not hiring and training...


April 1, 1999 fter more than a decade, there's still no thaw in the frozen pizza war. Eleven years ago, the General Accounting Office ridiculed the interagency food fight that lets the Agriculture Department inspect sausage pizzas but gives the Food and Drug Administration authority over cheese pizzas. It "makes no sense,"...

Politicizing the Census

March 1, 1999 ith the economy hum- ming merrily along, public dissatisfaction with the federal bureaucracy has lessened markedly. Recent poll-ing shows that most departments and agencies command approval ratings of more than 60 percent, up from about 50 percent in a comparable 1995 survey. But never underestimate the ability of government's political...

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