POLICY: Clean Sweep For Jimmy

A new Cabinet department and an almost unwrapped package

While friends and congressional supporters applauded, Jimmy Carter whipped out a black pen and scrawled his signature across an inch-thick bill. With that simple ceremony in the White House Rose Garden last week, the President brought into being the Department of Energy, the first new Cabinet agency to be established since the creation of the Department of Transportation in 1966. In another Rose Garden ceremony at week's end, James Schlesinger, whose confirmation hearings were held even before the department formally existed, was sworn in as the first Secretary of Energy.

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