Wanted: A Sharper Focus At Commerce

The role of the Commerce Secretary has never been as clearly defined as that of, say, the Postmaster General. But since 1913, whoever has presided over Commerce has had an unofficial role, serving as the liaison between the government and the business community to foster U.S. economic growth and competitiveness. The problem has been that while the job gets harder, most of the incumbents in Commerce's giant, block-square headquarters have not been up to that demanding task.

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