GOVERNMENT: Separating the Hash

Not many top Washington officials are as meticulous as General Services Administrator Edmund F. Mansure. He carefully separates the meat from the potatoes before he eats a plate of beef hash. In similar fashion he has separated the nation's $1 billion annual housekeeping bill into such components as paper clips, office desks and procurement forms, thereby saved the Government $150 million last year. But not all of Mansure's orders have made dollar-saving sense.

Recently, Mansure walked by the GSA building and was shocked at "the unsightly appearance caused by the lack of uniformity in the position of the Venetian blinds."...

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