Consistent with the National Performance Review's recommendation
to reduce the executive branch civilian work force by 252,000,
or not less than 12 percent, by the close of fiscal year 1999, I
hereby direct each head of an executive department or agency to
prepare, as a first step, a streamlining plan to be submitted to
the Director of the Office of Management and Budget not later
than December 1, 1993.
The streamlining plans shall be prepared in accordance with the
Each executive department's and agency's plans should
address, among other things, the means by which it will
reduce the ratio of managers and supervisors to other
personnel, with a goal of reducing the percentage who are
supervisors or managers in halving the current ratio within
The streamlining plans should be characterized by
(a) delegation of authority, (b) decentralization,
(c) empowerment of employees to make decisions, and
(d) mechanisms to hold managers and employees accountable
for their performance.
Each plan shall address ways to reduce overcontrol and
micromanagement that now generate "red tape" and hamper
efficiency in the Federal Government. Each streamlining
plan should also propose specific measures to simplify the
internal organization and administrative processes of the
department or agency.
The streamlining plans should further seek to realize cost
savings, improve the quality of Government services, and
raise the morale and productivity of the department or
All independent regulatory commissions and agencies are
requested to comply with the provisions of this memorandum.
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is
authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the