Government Reorganization:

Observations on the Department of Commerce

T-GGD/RCED/AIMD-95-248: Published: Jul 25, 1995. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the Department of Commerce and its organization. GAO noted that: (1) the key principals in reorganizing the government include a coordinated approach, specific reorganization plans and goals, the right vehicles for accomplishing the goals, and oversight to ensure effective implementation; (2) although Commerce missions have been among the most diverse in the federal government, Commerce has not been managed on the basis of a unifying mission and shared goals and its key administrative functions are decentralized; (3) major Commerce components have been granted the authority for meeting their own administrative needs; (4) Commerce has recently announced that its five strategic themes are export growth, civilian technology, developing the integration of environmental stewardship with economic growth, ensuring that communities have the infrastructure they need to develop, and economic information and analysis; and (5) Congress is reviewing whether these strategic themes duplicate the functions of other federal organizations.

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