A Presidential Civil Service: FDR's Liaison Office for by Mordecai Lee

By Mordecai Lee

A Presidential Civil Service bargains a entire and definitive examine of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Liaison place of work for team of workers administration (LOPM). verified in 1939 following the discharge of Roosevelt’s Brownlow Committee file, LOPM grew to become a key milestone within the evolution of the modern executive-focused civil service.


The innovative move of the 19th and early 20th centuries comprised teams around the political spectrum with rather varied. All, besides the fact that, agreed at the want for a politically self sustaining and self reliant federal Civil provider fee (CSC) to get rid of patronage and political favoritism. In A Presidential Civil Service, public management pupil Mordecai Lee explores types open to later reformers: carrying on with a merit-based process remoted from politics or a management-based approach subordinated to the administrative and down to earth within the growing to be box of managerial science.


Roosevelt’s 1937 Brownlow Committee, officially often called the President’s Committee on Administrative administration, has been extensively studied together with its advice to disband the CSC and substitute it with a presidential body of workers director. What hasn't ever been documented intimately used to be Roosevelt’s attempt to enforce that advice over the objections of Congress by way of developing the LOPM as a nonstatutory agency.


The position and lifestyles of LOPM from 1939 to 1945 has been principally brushed aside within the heritage of public management. Lee’s meticulously researched A Presidential Civil Service, despite the fact that, persuasively indicates that LOPM performed a serious position in overseeing team of workers coverage. It was once curious about each significant HR initiative earlier than and through international conflict II. even though small, the agency’s deft management regularly succeeded at impelling the CSC to stick to its lead.


Roosevelt’s activities have been in truth an crafty and inventive victory, a stream ultimately vindicated while, in 1978, Congress abolished the CSC and changed it with an workplace of body of workers administration headed via a presidential appointee. A Presidential Civil Service bargains a desirable account and important reassessment of the iconic legacy of Roosevelt’s LOPM.

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