WASHINGTON - Vice President Al Gore's task force on reinventing government yesterday proposed consolidating 55 federal grant programs totaling $12.9 billion, while giving state and local governments greater control over up to $200 billion in annual grants.

The White House group's report appears to tie its self-described "ambitious" offer to streamline the grant programs, however, to a proposal to reduce federal payments to state and local governments for administrative costs by $3.3 billion over the next five years.

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