Nation: Leach's Lash

Battling big bureaucracy

Who is the most hated man in Washington? There may be many contenders, but there is only one champion: James Leach, 36, a hitherto little-known Republican Congressman from Iowa.

Last fall Leach committed the heinous sin of persuading Congress to pass two bureaucracy-busting amendments to the Civil Service Reform Act. One requires the Government to reduce its civilian work force by Sept. 30 to the level of two years before and maintain it for three years—a cut of 29,000 employees. The second amendment orders the Administration to think up ways of shipping part of the Federal Government out of...

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