August 30, 2004

NO ONE NOTICES A RESTRUCTURED BASEMENT IF YOUR LAWN IS A BIT MESSY:

For Federal Workers, Bush a 'Mixed Blessing' (Stephen Barr, August 29, 2004, Washington Post)

As Republicans gather in New York to nominate Bush for a second term, his appointees are engaged in one of the largest governmental restructuring efforts seen in the past 20 years. Planning is underway to overhaul pay and personnel rules in two large departments -- Defense and Homeland Security -- and it appears likely that the CIA, FBI and other parts of the intelligence community also will undergo substantial reorganizations.

Administration officials hope to launch the Defense and Homeland Security workforce changes next year and put the government on a path to more rigorous, performance-based pay systems.


Gaining the power to restructure the civil service without being bound by antiquated regulations was the main reason the Administration accepted the Homeland Security bill and they'll surely get the same powers under the new Intelligence reform. It's these sub rosa actions that are the President's least noticed conservative legacy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 11:25 AM
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