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EXPENDITURES

BEFORE THE

HEARINGS
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JOINT COMMITTEE ON REDUCTION OF
NONESSENTIAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES

SEVENTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

PURSUANT TO

SECTION 601 OF THE REVENUE ACT OF 1941

PART 4

MARCH 12, 1942

Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on Reduction of

Nonessential Federal Expenditures

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CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
JOINT COMMITTEE ON REDUCTION OF NONESSENTIAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES

CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION 601, OF THE REVENUE ACT OF 1941

HARRY FLOOD BYRD, Senator from Virginia, Chairman
ROBERT L. DOUGHTON, Representative from North Carolina, Vice Chairman

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SENATE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

WALTER F. GEORGE, Senator from Georgia. THOMAS H. CULLEN, Representative from New
ROBERT M.LA FOLLETTE, JR., Senator from York.
Wisconsin.

ALLEN T. TREADWAY, Representative from
CARTER GLASS, Senator from Virginia.

Massachusetts. KENNETH MCKELLAR, Senator from Tennes- CLARENCE CANNON, Representative from Missee.

souri, GERALD P. NYE, Senator from North Dakota. CLIFTON A. WOODRUM, Representative from

Virginia.

JOHN TABER, Representative from New York.
HENRY MORGENTHAU, JR., Secretary of the Treasury
HAROLD D. SMITH, Director of the Bureau of the Budget

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THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

MAY 14 1942

GOV'T PUB'NS R. R.

REDUCTION OF NONESSENTIAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES

MARCH 12, 1942

CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,
JOINT COMMITTEE ON REDUCTION OF
NONESSENTIAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES,

Washington, D. C. The joint committee met, pursuant to call, at 10 a. m., in room 312, Senator Office Building, Senator Harry Flood Byrd (chairman) presiding

Present: Senators Byrd (chairman), Glass, George, McKellar, and Nye; Representatives Woodrum, Taber, and Treadway.

Also present: Lowell Mellett, Director; Philip Hamblet, Executive Officer, Office of Government Reports; J. E. Barnes, Washington representative; and Charles F. Strenz, treasurer, Todd Shipyards Corporation, New York City; and Fred J. Lawton, Bureau of the Budget.

The CHAIRMAN. The meeting will come to order. Mr. Mellett, will you come forward?

STATEMENT OF LOWELL MELLETT, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF

GOVERNMENT REPORTS

The CHAIRMAN. Will you identify yourself for the record?
Mr. MELLETT. Director of the Office of Government Reports.

The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Mellett, I wrote you a letter, as chairman of this committee, asking you for certain information.

Have you got it ready?
Mr. MELLETT. Yes, sir, Senator; I received your letter. .

The CHAIRMAN. I would like to read to the committee the letter I wrote to Mr. Mellett. It is dated March 9, 1942:

MY DEAR MR. MELLETT: I shall appreciate your kindness in furnishing me, as promptly as possible, the following information:

1. The estimated cost of the new information center building you propose to construct, as well as the cost of all equipment.

2. From what source will the funds be derived for this building?

3. Will your additional expenditures be derived from appropriations, from executive allocation, or will Congress have an opportunity to pass on all appropriations for personnel and other expenses?

4. The number of persons this building will accommodate.

5. An itemized statement of your present personnel, giving the name, function, and salary of each employee.

6. The estimated number of new employees to occupy the new building, the range of salaries and the total cost.

.7. A complete statement as to the need for the services you propose to render, in view of the fact that practically every department and agency of the Government now has a more or less costly and well-manned information bureau.

Mr. MELLETT. Mr. Chairman, might I be permitted to make a statement before answering questions? The CHAIRMAN. Yes.

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