The Thickening of U.S Government, 1960-2004

The federal hierarchy has never been thicker—there are more layers of leaders, and more leaders per layer. It is nearly impossible to hold anyone accountable in the thick sediment that exists at all layers of the organization chart, especially in the executive suite. These charts show the steady thickening at the very top of the federal hierarchy where just 3,000 senior executives occupy 25-40 percent of the layers between the president and the front-lines of government where services are delivered.

Click through the links below to view interactive charts on the thickening of government, 1960-2004.

A Government Ill Executed

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