FDR Reogranization Plan #1

Beginning in early 1937, President Roosevelt sent to Congress a series of messages and proposals regarding reorganization of the Executive Branch. He probably had many agendas, but one was to reduce the number of agencies reporting directly to him. His years in office, and the growing burdens of preparing for a world on the brink of war, caused him to search for ways to lessen the demands on his time. The Reorganization Act of 1939 authorized the President to devise a plan to reorganize the Executive. As part of this Plan No. 1, the President created a new Cabinet agency, the Federal Security Agency, and placed the Social Security Board under its jurisdiction.

Reorganization Plan No. 1 - 1939 (in Adobe PDF format)