The Nation: Mess Chart'

The chart at the left could be a diagram of a complicated computer's electronic circuitry. Or the schematic plan of a vast railway network. In fact it is just a glimpse of the programs run by a single division of a huge federal department—Health, Education and Welfare.

HEW runs more than 400 programs, employs 129,000 people and spends $118 billion, nearly one-third of this year's entire federal budget. To show its present snarl of red tape—and the need for reform—President Ford had a "mess chart" prepared on the health services provided by the department. The entire chart is shown on...

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