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That does not determine precisely what organization should perform such review. We are skeptical that an analytical body of a sufficient size and strength could be created within the Congress. Retrospective review must rely heavily on the street-level body of knowledge and information already resident within the executive agencies, and with the associated leadership resources in OIRA. However, we also are concerned that the instincts of self-justification within those agencies—the reflex to defend the judgments taken by those same executive offices in the past—could prevent objective retrospective review. Still, the success of self-review at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (documented below) demonstrates that open-minded self-criticism can be achieved (even more so with the expertise and leadership at OIRA), with the President’s own authority (and the persuasive power of his budget office) behind it.