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In this timely book Irene Rubin focuses on how government tried and eventually succeeded in balancing the U.S. federal budget in 1998. With characteristic insight and a lively narrative, Rubin describes the successive efforts of Congress and the administration over seventeen years to shape a process that would encourage balance, as well as the reactions of federal agencies to the pressure.

Department of Commerce
Department of commerce

THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT experienced episodes of fiscal stress, cutbacks, and threats of termination alternating with periods of growth during the 1980s and 1990s. When the Commerce Department was attacked, it fought back, engaging in triage in the face of massive opposition. It did not fight to ...

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