Controlling the Size of Bureaucracy

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Controlling the Size of Bureaucracy In the 1980s and 1990s, calls for controlling the federal bureaucracy became  commonplace. The public saw the bureaucracy as being too large and lacking in  accountability. Indeed, the number of civilian employees of the federal government  declined slightly over the last 25 years. Bureaucracy can be reduced in a number of  ways, although success is often limited.  Appointment power and presidential persuasion The president appoints the key members of the federal bureaucracy. If committed to 
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Unformatted text preview: controlling the size of government, the president will select people who are determined to streamline and increase the efficiency of the departments or agencies they lead. A president can give ongoing direction by conferring frequently with cabinet secretaries on policy matters and demonstrating a keen interest in their work. Under such influence, an agency may become more innovative and productive....
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