I am trying to hunt down a short story written as a series of memos between government agencies about how to use leftover nuclear warheads. The suggestions are completely ridiculous (urban renewal, etc) and the story culminates in someone sending in his resignation. My dad thinks he read it in Analog in the 1970s... but he's not sure. Help me identify the story?
"Request for Proposal" by Anthony R. Lewis was first published in the November 1972 Analog. It is written in the form of interoffice memos about using nuclear warheads for slum clearance and urban renewal:
One official (Chief, Readjustment Division) resigns:
That resignation is not the culmination of the story, which ends with the "request for proposals" (ellipsis in original):
This story has been reprinted in several anthologies, among them Space Mail, an anthology of sci-fi stories told in the form of letters or memos, which was combined with another anthology (The Future in Question) to form Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury.