Toward a Department of Energy

  • Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Benjamin S. Loeb


The executive branch has tended to sprawl in haphazard fashion in modern times. This was particularly evident in the years after World War II. As Senator John McClellan, chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, observed in May 1971: “The Executive Branch of the federal government is now the largest and most complicated enterprise in the world, with more than 1400 domestic programs distributed among 150 separate departments, agencies, bureaus, and boards.”2 Inevitably, in an establishment so cumbersome and complex, duplication and other inefficiencies have crept in, making the structure costly to operate and slow to respond when action is needed. In one of his messages on the problem, President Nixon gave some examples:

… in 1972 it took 71 different signatures to buy one piece of construction equipment for certain federally funded urban renewal projects; five agencies and 56 signatures could be required in order to hire one person; nine federal departments and 20 agencies all had responsibility for educational programs; local water and sewer projects alone involved seven different agencies.3


Atomic Energy Commission Executive Branch Uranium Enrichment Fast Breeder Reactor Prototype Domestic Program 
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© Glenn T. Seaborg 1993

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  • Glenn T. Seaborg
  • Benjamin S. Loeb

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