WASHINGTON - Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, who has temporarily assumed the thankless task of overseeing the savings and loan bailout, had a few words of warning for Stanley G. Tate, his likely successor as head of the Resolution Trust Corp.

Mr. Altman spoke recently of April 13, 1945, when Eleanor Roosevelt broke the news to Vice President Harry Truman that her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, had died. after a long pause, Mr. Truman finally asked, "Is there anything I can do for you?"

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