The Administration: Shuffle at Budget

Though originally appointed by President Kennedy, Budget Director Kermit Gordon came into his own in Washington under Lyndon Johnson. Reason: Gordon succeeded in keeping two consecutive budgets below the magic $100 billion mark, a feat that won him the ardent affection of figure-conscious Johnson.

Despite his high standing with the boss, Gordon decided several months ago that he wanted out. Last winter he sighed to a friend: "How many budgets can you do?" And last week the White House announced that Gordon, 48, would step down June 1 to become vice president of the...

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