Reorganization of Government Departments

November 27, 1929

Report Outline
The Movement for Federal Reorganization
Obstacles to Comprehensive Reorganization
Major Current Proposals for Reorganization

Consolidation of veterans' agencies and transfer of the Prohibition Bureau to the Department of Justice, it was announced in Washington dispatches of November 21, will be the first of a series of measures to be submitted to Congress by President Hoover in accordance with his policy of bringing about a general reorganization of the executive branch of the government. It is expected that these two specific recommendations, and possibly other reorganization proposals, will be included in the annual message the President will transmit to Congress at the opening of its December session.

Reorganization schemes, varying in scope from revolutionary realignments of the entire executive establishment to bills proposing the transfer of individual bureaus, have been under almost constant discussion for nine years-since the approval by President Wilson on December 17, 1920, of a resolution passed by a Republican Congress creating the Joint Committee on Reorganization of the Administrative Branch of the Government. No test of the attitude of the Seventy-first Congress toward the general problem occurred during the special session which adjourned on November 22, but widespread and bi-partisan support for some degree of reorganization was indicated during the political campaign that preceded the election at which the present Congress was chosen. The Democratic platform of 1928 urged:

  1. Businesslike reorganization of all the departments of the government.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Governmental Reorganization
May 15, 1946  Government Reorganization
Sep. 17, 1936  Reorganization of Federal Administrative Agencies
Nov. 27, 1929  Reorganization of Government Departments
Sep. 17, 1925  Reorganization of Executive Departments
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