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A consensus has emerged about how White House staffs should be organized, which we refer to as the “standard model.” Yet recent presidencies have produced various kinds of dissatisfaction with the performance of the White House staff. Here, we explore whether the new normative understanding of White House structuring for decision making offers prescriptions that are as “good” as they might be. Focusing on the limitations of hierarchical structuring and of multiple advocacy, we urge both a more nuanced view of the nature of White House decision making and a more variegated approach to modeling and prescribing appropriate structures.