Chart, This chart, now out of date, gives a hint of how complicated it is to reorganize. By Terry Dale - The Washington Post
How do you go about reorganizing a piece of the federal government? The place to start, it seems, is with a new organization chart.
Well, that's the way the President's Reorganization Group started when it set out to reorganize the Executive Office of the President (EOP). The chart above was the group's original division of labour.
But it's now out of date, A.D. Frazier said yesterday. Frazier is an atlanta banker who is the "team leader" in charge of the EOP reorganization study. The study group has reorganized itself since this chart was drawn up last winter, Frazier explained.
President Carter's rhetoric on reorganization has produced and extraordinary amount of activity - and paperwork - since Jan. 20. Frazier says he has been working 16-hour days, except on the weekends, when he works eight or nine hours daily.
Frazier and his 20 associates who are studying the EOP have been asking questions all over the White House - in all 18 "organizational units" of the EOP, to be precise. They have had "more than 1,200 contacts," according to Fred Droz, one of Frazier's associates. Contact is a meeting of some kind with somebody.
The Ash Commission - which studied reorganization for the Nixon administration - has fewer than 200 "contacts", Droz added. In other words, this time its's serious.
"It's extremely time-consuming and excruciatingly painful," added one employee of the White House who has had to deal with the Reorganization Group, its questionnaries and queries, which have consumed hundreds of hours of worktime in and around the White House.
The Reorganization Group has asked every office in the EOP to justify itself - in detail. An early questionnarie was nine pages long. "It was too long," Frazier said yesterday.
One excerpt from that questionnaire may suggest its flavor:
"You have already identified above those activities or tasks which are central to your unit's objectives. [This comes on page six.] Such tasks might include agency coordination, account monitoring, preparation of recommendations, generation of policy option informal counsel or other process. Are such tasks routine, ad hoc, of crisis management variety?"