Washington Needs Decentralization

Gutheim, Frederick
June 1942
New Republic;6/15/42, Vol. 106 Issue 24, p826
Focuses on the need for decentralization of the responsibilities of the government in Washington D.C. Congestion and confusion in the city of Washington; Exodus of thousands of government employees; Effect of problems of the city on efficiency of the government agencies; Lack of work force, working space and a downfall in the efficiency of the employees due to inadequate housing and transportation, supplemented by long working hours; Absence of any forthright policy, the principal difficulty faced by the government in adjusting its business to the necessities of the World War II; Decisions being made on the basis of short-term factors to overcome problems; Logic behind the initial decentralization program scrappy due to the absence of clear-cut controlling principles; Need for a powerful operating agency to advise U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on this issue.


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