Commentary on Dr. Alan Schmid's Paper
Dr. Jim Tozzi, Former Director
"Effective Public Policy and the Government Budget: a Uniform Treatment of Public Expenditures and Public Rules" was authored by Dr. Alan Schmid, a Visiting Professor to the Office of the Secretary of the Army, and it suggests a regulatory agenda for the activities of the Office of the Secretary of the Army. This seminal article, which contributed to the development of centralized review of regulations, had two important impacts.
This article was also included in congressional oversight hearings conducted by Senator William Proxmire on Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Systems.
As noted above, the experiences of the Systems Analysis Group were instrumental
in developing the detailed procedures for the Quality of Life Review. Such activities
helped establish the Systems Analysis Group's preeminence in this field and
contributed to its alleged "usurping of the authority of the Chief of the
Army Corps of Engineers," which ultimately led to the Group's abolition
by an Act of Congress.