Executive Branch Reorganization and Management Initiatives: A Brief Overview [Updated July 23, 2008] [open pdf - 140KB]
From the Summary: "This report provides a brief overview of recent executive branch reorganization actions and related management initiatives. President George W. Bush came to office from a campaign which had emphasized efficiency in government, particularly through the use of information technology, but revealed no plans for executive branch reorganization. The departing Clinton Administration had conducted an active effort at 'reinventing government,' spearheaded by a National Performance Review (NPR) announced shortly after the 1993 inauguration. The NPR produced a series of reports proposing various organizational and operational reforms. […] At the outset of the 110th Congress, President Bush did not indicate any plans for major reorganization within the executive branch. However, the restoration of presidential reorganization plan authority appeared to remain of interest to the Bush Administration. Of likely interest to congressional overseers in the second session are such organizational issues as the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of the administrative structure of the Department of Homeland Security; the organizational status of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); enhancement of the department's policy office; the operations of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, recently reconstituted as an independent establishment within the executive branch; and the recommendations of the HELP [Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe] Commission to overhaul the organization and management of the foreign assistance program (H.R. 1, H.R. 1684, S. 4, S. 547). This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33441