National Affairs: First Slash

Secretary of Commerce Sinclair Weeks started out his administration by cutting down on the expensive varieties of embossed stationery in his own office and teaching his staff to be careful about turning out the lights. Last week, after days & nights of shirtsleeve work, Weeks was the first Eisenhower Cabinet officer to propose a full-scale departmental budget cut. The Commerce Department, he told Congress, can operate in fiscal 1954 on $958 million —a cut of $169 million, or 15% below Harry Truman's estimate.

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