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As we seek to improve the management of the federal government, we should keep in mind that the government is not a private corporation. What may make sense for a large corporation may not always make sense for the federal government. In our quest for efficiency, we must not lose sight of the reasons why we enacted certain federal programs in the first place.




William S. Cohen, U.S. Senator (Republican, ME), U. S. Secretary of Defense, Testimony before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, May 13-14, 1986

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William S. Cohen
William S. Cohen
  • Born: August 28, 1940
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

William Sebastian Cohen is an American politician, lawyer and author from the U.S. state of Maine. A Republican, Cohen served as both a member of the United States House of Representatives (1973–1979) and Senate (1979–1997), and as Secretary of Defense (1997–2001) under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

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