History shows Obama's effort to reorganize government could be an uphill battle
If you want to know what President Obama is up against with his pledge to reorganize the federal government, consider what happened to the last such endeavor.
In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, nearly two dozen agencies were cobbled into the new Department of Homeland Security, to better meld and coordinate the government's resources against terrorism and other national emergencies.
But the congressional overseers of those agencies were loath to give up any of their authority. That is why DHS gets marching orders from more than 100 congressional committees and subcommittees - a number that has grown in the past seven years, despite the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that those tangled lines of authority be pared.
Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe
| January 27, 2011; 2:36 PM ET
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