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Richard Nixon & the Foundation of a Modern Presidency

President Nixon's 1971 State of the Union Address

President Nixon's 1971 State of the Union Address

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Sunday, March 2, 2014

In his 1971 State of the Union address, President Nixon announced that a sweeping re-organization of the Executive Branch was needed, in his words, “to meet the new needs of a new era.” He created what became known as the Ash Council – named for its chairman, Litton Industries president Roy Ash. Five new agencies -- including the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget--emerged following the Ash Council’s recommendations to create a foundation for the modern presidency. We hear from former Ash Council executive director Andrew Rouse about the council’s behind-the-scenes work. 

Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10:31am (ET)

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