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Reorganization Since the 1960s, various government agencies have been moved from one cabinet  department to another, and the functions of the departments themselves have been  redefined. For example, the former Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was  split into the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of  Education. A serious question remains, however, whether reorganization really improves  governmental efficiency. Bureaucracies take on a life of their own and, once created, are  difficult to dismantle. President Ronald Reagan failed in his plans to eliminate, or at  least downgrade, the departments of Energy and Education, and during his term, the  Veterans Administration was added to the cabinet. On the other hand, President George  W. Bush's No Child Left Behind program expanded the responsibilities of the 
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Unformatted text preview: Department of Education. Privatization and deregulation Some critics of the size of government argue that certain responsibilities should be turned over to private enterprise, which can carry out programs with less cost and more efficiency. The example frequently cited compares Federal Express to the U.S. Postal Service. Privatization has been most successful when undertaken by local government. Deregulation means that the federal government reduces its role and allows an industry greater freedom in how it operates. A reduction in the federal government's responsibility certainly affects the size of the bureaucracy. However, the consequences of deregulation may outweigh the benefits, as seen in the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s following deregulation of the savings industry....
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  • Spring '08
  • aRNOLD
  • Department of Health, President Ronald Reagan, W. Bush, various government agencies, governmental efficiency. Bureaucracies

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