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March 1, 1999 plight@govexec.com Secretary Chief of Staff to the Secretary Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary Deputy Secretary Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary Deputy Deputy Secretary Principal Associate Deputy Secretary Associate Deputy Secretary Deputy Associate Deputy Secretary Assistant Deputy Secretary Under Secretary Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary...

Bill Clinton: Title King

March 1, 1999 plight@govexec.com ast year was a record-setter in more than just home runs and independent counsel reports. It also marked a new record in the number of job titles at the top of the federal government. Never have so many senior executives, political and career, occupied so many layers between the...

Does Management Matter?

February 1, 1999 plight@govexec.com he grades presented in this issue of Government Executive represent the most ambitious attempt ever made to grade the state of federal management. Sadly, they confirm with rigorous detail what most observers have long believed: But for occasional bright spots such as the Social Security Administration, and despite herculean...

The True Shape of Government

January 1, 1999 he year 1997 marked a turning point in the shape of the federal hierarchy. For the first time in modern history, mid-level employees outnumbered lower-level employees. In 1983, when the Reagan administration first launched its "bulge project" to reduce mid-level bureaucracy, jobs graded at the General Schedule-1 to GS-10 levels...

The Total Federal Workforce

January 1, 1999 stimates of the total workforce outside the civil service that delivers goods and services on behalf of the federal government combine figures derived using two basic methodologies. The number of workers engaged under contracts and grants was estimated by Eagle Eye Publishers Inc., a Northern Virginia research firm, using the...

Al Gore was Right

January 1, 1999 ice President Al Gore has long argued that ordinary Americans favor a government that works better and costs less. It turns out that he is right. Americans have never wanted a federal workforce as big as its mission, but neither do they want a mission as small as the federal...

The True Size of Government

January 1, 1999 espite declarations to the contrary from elected officials across the political spectrum, the federal government is much bigger, not smaller, than it was 30 years ago. Only by using the narrowest possible definition of the true size of government--headcount in the federal civil service--could President Clinton declare that "the era...

Back for the Future

January 1, 1999 y friends were stunned when I called last summer to say I was moving back to Washington. It hardly seemed like a sane decision. Clinton was about to admit an "inappropriate relationship" with Monica Lewinsky after seven months of stonewalling, Ken Starr was drafting his X-rated report on impeachable offenses,...

Change Should Be a Natural Process

March 1, 1998 pring may be coming early to Congress with the sunshine of a budget surplus, but winter is likely to last much longer for federal agencies under pressure to do more with less. With the federal government surplus destined for tax cuts or Medicare expansion, federal agencies can hardly expect a...

The 'Quiet Crisis,' 10 Years Later

December 1, 1997 he word around Washington is that the Clinton administration is looking for anniversaries to celebrate in the coming year. Although the White House probably won't be celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of the independent counsel statute, there is at least one anniversary that everyone in Washington should note. January will...