The Administration Doing the Cabinet Shuffle

The Administration Doing the Cabinet Shuffle

Donald Regan is a clean-desk man, and the new White House Chief of Staff brings the same cool efficiency to management. Largely at his urging, President Reagan last week consolidated his Cabinet councils, merging seven policymaking groups into two Cabinet-level agencies. Treasury Secretary James Baker will head one, advising the President on economic matters, while Attorney General Edwin Meese will be President Reagan's chief Cabinet adviser on domestic questions. Said the President of the change: "It will provide for added accountability and efficiency in formulating and implementing policy."

The new structure will simplify the lines of authority in the Cabinet. Under...

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