National Partnership for Reinventing Government

Help Us Build a Reinvention Museum

Remember the submersible phone that worked at depths that would crush a submarine? Or how about the steamtrap that leaked $2,500 worth of steam per year but wasn't replaced until a batch of steamtraps leaked so that they could then be purchased in bulk? It made sense, we thought; the federal government would then pay $80 per stream trap versus $90.

Then there were the CIA's snowshoes that were kept in storage for 40 years to protect against a possible wintertime invasion and the government's travel regulations that were filled with so much gobbledygook they made federal employees cringe at the thought of business trips. These are just a few of the many symbols of government that reinvention sought to destroy. At the Excellence in Government Conference 2000, a space will be dedicated so that you too can share your relics of reinvention. We invite all participants to contribute items that are symbolic of your reinvention experience.

Here's how to do it Ship your item to Leslie Schwager National Partnership for Reinventing Government 750 17th St. NW, Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20006 Include a short description of the item's significance (in one page or less). NPR will collect the items and create the exhibit for the conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Leslie Schwager at (202) 694-0107 or e-mail her at

May 30, 2000

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