BACKGROUND OF PUBLIC SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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In a sense, one might say that certain elements of public systems management or program budgeting are as old as civilization. To a greater or lesser degree, every rational person makes some plans for allocation of his limited resources, has certain goals or objectives, and considers alternative means of achieving these. The concepts and methods of public systems management or program budgeting as it is understood and practiced today are, however, of relatively recent origin. There are two roots of these concepts and methods One in the federal government itself where program budgeting was introduced as part of the wartime control system by the War Production Board in 1942 the other root--an even longer and older one--is in industry.
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