Conflicts in Departmental Reorganization

Archive Report

Comparison of the plan for realignment of the Government's activities adopted by the Joint Committee on Reorganization with the comprehensive scheme of reorganization recommended, by President Harding in 1923 indicates that the principal controversies to arise when the Committee bill is pressed for passage by the Coolidge administration will be concerned with what the bill omits, rather than with what is includes.

The outstanding omissions from the Committee bill of provisions recommended for inclusion by President Harding are the following:

  • Consolidation of the War and Navy Departments to form a single Department of National Defense
  • Removal of all non-military activities from the War Department.
  • Creation of an all-inclusive public works division in the Department of the Interior
  • Removal of the Coast Guard to eliminate all non-fiscal activities from the ...
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