THE PRESIDENCY: The Big Housecleaning

President Nixon was in seclusion last week. Well, not quite. While isolated at Camp David, far from importunate visitors, children with gifts, and ambassadors with credentials, he received a steady stream of Washington officials delivered by helicopter: Cabinet chiefs, agency heads, White House aides. In pursuit of his plan to shake up the stubborn, slow-moving federal bureaucracy, he was starting with his own men. He wanted their ideas on how to make the Government more responsive to presidential command; he also wanted to discuss their futures, which in some cases are...

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