Registration is open for two free interactive distance learning programs from The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library on Digital Learning Day, February 17th — “Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Hoover and the Federal Government.” Times are 11-11:50 a.m. ET/10-10:50a.m. CT and 2-2:50 p.m. ET/1-1:50 p.m. CT. You may also watch the live stream, for which no registration is necessary.
The President of the United States is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws.
Herbert Hoover was a champion of government efficiency for over 40 years, before, during, and after his Presidency. He was an engineer and geologist by training, and sought to apply the scientific principles of the Efficiency Movement to make the Federal government more responsive and cost effective, and to avoid duplication and waste. As Secretary of Commerce, he reorganized the Commerce Department to better serve American business and industry in a rapidly changing world. As President, Hoover created the Veterans Administration (VA) to unify all veterans services, which accounted for 25% of all Federal expenditures at the time, into one agency.
As former-President, Hoover was appointed by Presidents Truman and Eisenhower to chair two Commissions on the Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government — known as the Hoover Commissions — to find ways to streamline the Federal Government. Many of the ideas proposed by the Commissions were implemented by Congress, such as combining the Departments of War and the Navy into a single Department of Defense (DoD), and creating the General Services Administration (GSA) to centralize responsibility for Federal office space, transportation and other basic services vital to government operations.
The Presidential Primary Sources Project
We present “Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Hoover and the Federal Government” as part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), a collaboration between the National Archives and Presidential Libraries, the National Park Service, the Internet2 community, and cultural and historic organizations nationwide.
Through March 2016, PPSP is offering free, standards-aligned, 45-minute interactive videoconferencing programs aimed at students in grades 5-12. This year’s theme is “Presidential Powers and the Constitution,” exploring how different presidents in different eras have interpreted and exercised presidential powers. Each program will also be live streamed (no registration necessary) and recorded for free on-demand viewing.
Register now for any of the programs.
2016 Program Schedule
“Woodrow Wilson and the Consolidation of Presidential Executive Power”
President Woodrow Wilson House
Thursday, February 11: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Reorganizing the Executive Branch: Hoover and the Federal Government”
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
(Digital Learning Day) Wednesday, February 17: 10-10:50am CT and 1-1:50pm CT
“TR: Setting a Precedent for the President”
Theodore Roosevelt Center
Tuesday, February 22: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Wednesday, February 24: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Abraham Lincoln: Presidential Power in “A House Divided”
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Thursday, March 3: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“Washington’s Monument: The Tradition of Presidential Powers”
The National Park Service
Tuesday, March 8: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“President Ulysses S. Grant and Civil Rights”
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Thursday, March 10: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT
“President Truman and the Steel Crisis”
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
Tuesday, March 29: 10-10:50am and 1-1:50pm CT