University of Richmond Race & Racism Project

Article "Government Rulemaking: Any Hope for Simplification?"

Dublin Core


Article "Government Rulemaking: Any Hope for Simplification?"


This is an article likely written in late 1976 or early 1977 by Karen J. Winkler about the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) putting Higher Education Amendments into effect. The article recounts when the HEW Secretary F. David Matthew set up a new Office of Regulatory Review within his department. Donald Wortman, the head of the Office of Regulatory Review said that they have held trainings for the people writing the rules so people can easily understand the rules when it comes to reforms within HEW. Winkler notes that HEW has asked the public to prioritize education reforms, even if Congress does not. However, Secretary Matthews headed a special task force that was supposed to have recommendations to the President by December 1st and put in place before the new Administration took over in January. This was not able to happen so the reforms will now be sent to President-elect Jimmy Carter. The task force is working from a report that was sent in October. The Commission on Federal Paperwork has also made recommendations. It proposed that the Office of Management and Budget develop a better way to keep records. The Department of Labor agreed with this recommendation. Many people are anticipating changes, such as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, James G. O’Hara, who is a Democrat from Michigan, who recently called the Education Officials. The Directors of the HEW Office for Civil Rights, Martin Gerry, also has spoken out on the changes to come.


Winkler, Karen J. "Government Rulemaking: Any Hope for Simplification?" The Chronicle of Higher Education (undated) R.G. 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 4, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.


The Chronicle of Higher Education










Richmond (Va.)

Text Item Type Metadata

Student Contributor



Winkler, Karen J., “Article "Government Rulemaking: Any Hope for Simplification?",” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed March 28, 2023,