THE ADMINISTRATION: Clark Kent at HEW

Any man whose domain includes responsibility for the health, education and welfare of 203 million Americans risks dangerous overreaching or underachievement. When Boston's Elliot Richardson took over the Department of Health, Education and Welfare eleven months ago from Robert Finch, he faced the added burden of trying to master an often chaotic bureaucracy of 110,000 employees and administering more than 250 different programs budgeted at nearly $70 billion a year. HEW is second only to the Defense Department in cost and third to Defense and the Post Office in personnel. The frustrations...

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