Staff interactions--exchanges between EOVP personnel and the president's assistants--were carefully structured and planned for strategic effect.
As reflected by this e-mail diversion, Cheney's EOVP staffing represented a major commitment to national security policy.
The size of Cheney's EOVP staff, as well as its activities, were not matters the vice president wished to have publicly disclosed.
In at least one case, the secrecy practices of the EOVP seemingly resulted in a serious, if temporary, accountability issue.
In the view of another observer, it was thought to be doubtful that he left the EOVP stronger if only because "he ensured that future presidents will be cautious about the roles that their vice presidents are given.
That adjustment may affect the mission and resources of the EOVP.
More lasting adjustments regarding the EOVP might be made by Congress through statutory policy.