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she called it the Liaison Service. · At any rate, she is to head a liaison office in the Department of Interior. I asked her from what appropriation was she paid, but she did not seem to know.
This committee would like to know when such an office was in fact established. For years we have heard that there are several so-called "ghost writers” in the Interior Department. We would like to know if it is true, if they are assigned to some informational service, and from what approprition they are paid. The committee is entitled to that information.
Mr. CHAPMAN. That is right.
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. For instance, I did not know that there was such an organization in the Interior Department as Liaison Service until this charming lady called upon me. Do you have such a set-up, and is it an elaborate organization, and how many people are in it?
Mr. CHAPMAN. Well, the Secretary of the Interior could assign an individual to do liaison work for him on any particular project he was working on. I do not know what the title may be for that position.
Mr. JOANSON of Oklahoma. The committee would like to know whether or not there is a liaison office, who is head of it, how many employees you have? Is this a new office that is being set up, or has it been there all the time under some other name? Especially, does the committee want to know from what specific appropriation these employees are paid?
Mr. CHAPMAN. That will be given to you by this detailed breakdown of the personnel.
(The matter referred to was filed with the committee:)
The Department has no such an organization as Liaison Service. It is possible the inquiry has reference to an employee in the office of the Secretary who visited certain members of the subcommittee and represented herself as a liaison representative between the Secretary and Members of Congress. The employee is Marguerite M. Richardson who is a special assistant to the Secretary and receives a salary of $6,230 from the appropriation for “Salaries, Office of the Secretary." As the title of the position would indicate, the employee rould be assigned to any duty which the Secretary would care to have performed in connection with the Department's work.
ALASKAN RAILROAD EMPLOYEES
Mr. JOHNSON of Oklahoma. If the Secretary can manufacture a 36,200 employee from surplus funds in his office set-up, it would seem that this committee, instead of being too niggardly and stingy toward the Secretary's office, as we were charged, actually gave him too much money last year. Now, so much for that. The committee would probably also like to know if another very charming young lady is still on the pay roll of the Alaska Railroad and how much railroading experience the charming lady has had. That is information that the committee would like to have. I might add that when the committee Was in Alaska on an inspection tour, everywhere we went we were told about a young lady from the office of the Secretary of the Interior who has been most of her summers in Alaska, during the past 4 or 5 years, and that she was actually on the pay roll of the Alaska Railroad.
We asked Colonel Ohlson just what were her duties, and he seemed somewhat reluctant to give any information. We did learn that she had ridden on the railroad two or three times on passes, of course, during her visits there. So the committee was impressed with the idea that perhaps the young lady in question was not putting in all her time working on the Alaskan Railroad. Maybe it is a case of establishing another “liaison office” in Alaska. The committee wants the facts.
Now, since I have mentioned the Alaska Railroad, will you insert in the record the names of everyone whose name has appeared on the Alaska Railroad pay roll anytime during the past year?
Mr. CHAPMAN. Yes, sir.
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. And then those who are actually on the pay roll now.
Mr. NORTHROP. Yes, sir.
Mr. JOHNSON of Oklahoma. That of course does not include military personnel.
Mr. NORTHROP. All right, sir.
Mr. BEASLEY. You want all the workers on the railroad, Mr. Chairman?
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. Well, give us the names of everyone who holds a responsible position on the railroad.
Mr. CHAPMAN. Including the train crews?
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. Oh, no. We are not particularly interested in section hands for the purpose of this request. I am not assuming the lady mentioned was working as a section hand. We are interested in seeing if anyone is on a top salary who is not now or ever performed any work for which they are now or have been paid.
Mr. NORTHROP. Could I suggest a list of personnel employed on an annual basis, Mr. Chairman, to distinguish them?
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. No; because if you did that you would probably leave out the person that I have reference to. I simply want to know if anybody else is on that pay roll up there except this alleged ghost writer.
Mr. NORTHROP. All right, sir.
Supervisory and administrative employees of the Alaska Railroad at annual salary
of $4,000 or more as of Jan. 15, 1946
Supervisory and administrative employees at annual salary of $4,000 or more separated from service of the Alaska Railroad between Jan. 1, 1945 and Jan. 15, 1946
Will you insert a table showing the reallocations between July 1, 1944, and June 30, 1945?
Mr. CHAPMAN. Yes; we have that.
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. Without objection, it will be made a part of the record.
(The matter ruferred to is as follows:)
Number of positions reallocated during the period July 1, 1944, to June 30, 1945, and
increases in salaries on an annual basis involved in the changes
PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1946 COMPARED WITH ESTIMATES
Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. Also insert a table showing the public works or construction items for 1946 as compared with the estimates for 1947. . Do you have that table?
Mr. NORTHROP. Yes, sir; we will submit it for the record. Mr. Johnson of Oklahoma. All right, without objection that table will be inserted in the record.
(The matter referred to is as follows:)
Total, general fund, construction.
Central Valley project, California (reimbursable).
Appropriations, fiscal year 1946, and estimates, fiscal year 1947, for general public works
(+) or de
crease (-) BONNE VILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION Construction, operation, and maintenance, Bonneville Power Administration..
$19, 701, 000 +$19, 701, 000 SOUTHWESTERN POWER ADMINISTRATION Construction, Southwestern Power Administration..
23,000,000 +23,000,000 BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS Irrigation and drainage: Construction, etc., irrigation systetas, Indian reservations (reimbursabie)...
954, 250 +387,500 Bublings and utilities: Construction, etc., buildings and
1,350,000 +1,350,000 Roads and bridges: Roads, Indian reservations.
900.000 4, 700.000 +3,800,000 Total, Bureau of Indian Affairs....
1,466, 750 7,004, 250 +5, 537. 500 BUREAU OF RECLAMATION Special accounts: Neclamation fund, special fiind: Saleries and expenses.
3,500,000 5, 500,000 +2,000,000 General investigations Construction:
3,250,000 11,000,000 +7, 750.000 Gila projrct, Arizona
-550, 000 Colorado-Big Thompson project, Colorado
-800,000 San Luis project, Colorado
1, 500,000 +500,000 Boise project, Idaho, Payette division
2,000,000 2, 573, 000 +573, 000 Boise project, Idaho, Anderson ranch dam
1, 925.000 2.847,000 +922.000 Minisoka project, Idaho.
720,000 1,000,000 +280,000 Palisades project, Idaho
1, 500 000 +50,000 Sun River project, Montana
96,000 +36,000 Hung y Horse project, Montana.
- 200.000 Rio urande project, New Mexico-Texas
1, 240,000 831, 800 -408, 200 Tucumcari project, New Mexico
2,000.000 1, 738,000 - 262, 000 Luigert-Altus project, Oklahoma..
2,020,000 2, OSO, 000 +60,000 Deschutes project, Oregon
1, 460, 000 1, 300,000 - 150,000 Klamath project, Oregon-California
1,000,000 500,000 -500,000 Owyhee project, Oregon.
- 190,000 Vale project, Oregon
--3.000 Provo River project. I'tah
2. 860,000 3, 102, 000 Oeden Niver project. Utah
62.000 Yakima project, Washington, Roza division.
+62, 000 1,650,000
1.440,000 Kendrick project, Wyoming
500.000 500,000 Riverton project, Wyoming.
1,000,000 1,500,000 +500,000 Shoshone project, Wyoming, Heart Mountain division.
800,000 - 200,000 Shoshone project, Wyoming, Power and Willwood
1, 147, 500 136, 000 -1,011, 500 Total, special fund, construction..
24, 765, 500 23, 506, 100 --1, 259, 100 Total, Bureau of Reclamation, special account...
31, 515, 500 40.006, 400 +8, 490, 900 Gila project, Arizona (reimbursable) Davis Dam project, Arizona-Vevada (reimbursable).
23, 715,000 25,000,000 +1, 285, 000 Colorado-Big Thompson project, Colorado (reimburs
5, 750,000 15,000,000 +9, 250,000 Boise project, Idaho, Anderson ranch (reimbursable)
- 450,000 3,000,000
- 3,000,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 +500,000 2,000,000
- 1,000,000 16, 275,000 30,000,000 +13, 725,000
Geveral fund construction: