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As you know, the President of the United States has

turned to the private sector to survey Federal government ex

penditures and recommend cost saving measures that, if successful,

will alleviate the trend toward greater deficits and, at the

same time, increase operating effectiveness.

An Executive Com

mittee is being formed that includes the Chief Executive Officers

of many of the leading companies in America.

They and other

business executives will be devoting a great deal of their time

free of charge over the next 4-6 months.

It is the aim of this project to recommend improvements

in the efficiency of the Executive Branch of the Federal government.

It is planned to have about 32 individual task forces, each headed

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In many instances, these opportunities have already been identified by the officials themselves and the survey will give the

additional thrust needed to put them into effect.

In addition to the business volunteers, there will be

a need for a coordinating office in Washington and for professional

and clerical assistance.

The President has requested that the

survey be conducted with virtually no expense to the Federal

government and so there has been created a charitable foundation

which will receive tax deductible contributions.

The foundation

will then defray the expenses of the survey.

I have agreed to

serve as an advisor to this charitable foundation and therefore

I am soliciting your company's financial support in the amount of $

for this endeavor. All of us have been complaining

about the share of the GNP going to the public sector.

Here is

a chance to do more than complain, so I hope we can count on your

support.

Please make your check payable to "Foundation for the

President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, Inc." and send

it to the attention of Mr. Kenneth Millian, Treasurer of the

Foundation, International Square Building, Suite 1150, 1850 K St.

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As you undoubtedly have read, the President has requested

Peter Grace to become Chairman of the Executive Committee of the

Private Sector Survey and Peter is going all out to make this

effort a success.

Your support of the Foundation and this effort

by businessmen will go a long way towards making the survey a

success and will be appreciated by the President, by Peter Grace,

and by me.

Sincerely,

Reginald H. Jones

House of Representaties
Committee on Post Office

and Civil Service

Hashington, B.U. 20515
Mr. Felix E. Larkin
Member
Executive Committee
The President's Private Sector
Survey on Cost Control

September 23, 1982
Suite 1150
1850 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20006

Dear Mr. Larkin:

I have received your letter of September 23, 1982, transmitting certain information requested by this Committee during the September 15 hearing on the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control.

While I appreciate your furnishing the list of the individuals who comprise the staff personnel of the 35 task forces, I do not agree with your counsel's opinion concerning the duty of this Committee to protect the privacy of such personnel.

I am enclosing a copy of an opinion of the Acting General Counsel of the General Accounting Opfice. The opinion concludes that the task forces of the Survey are subcommittees or subgroups of the Survey's Executive Committee and, therefore, are subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act require that the Congress and the public be kept informed with respect to the membership and activities of all advisory committees. Additionally, the Act requires that all advisory committee meetings shall be open to the public and that all records, reports, working papers, drafts, or other documents which are made available to, or prepared by or for, each advisory Committee shall be available for public inspection and copying.

In view of the GAO opinion and the clear intent and purpose of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, I must insist upon full compliance with the provisions of that Act by the members of the Executive Committee and the personnel of the various task forces. In that regard you are requested to forward to this Committee, no later than 6 pom. on Monday, September 27, 1982, copies of the "work plans" of the Task Force on Personnel and the Task Force on Business-Related Boards and Commissions. I trust that it will not be necessary for this Committee to obtain the requested documents by other legal means.

Your cooperation with respect to this matter will be appreciated.

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THE PRESIDENT'S PRIVATE SECTOR SURVEY ON COST CONTROL

September 28, 1982

The Honorable William D. Ford
U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Post Office

and Civil Service
309 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515

Dear Mr.

hairman:

As requested, enclosed is a copy of the Personnel Task Force
work plan. Also enclosed is the incomplete Boards/Commission-
Business Task Force work plan as it relates to the Post
Office.

As set forth in my letter of September 27, 1982, the legal issues raised by you and the recent GAO opinion have not been resolved due to the shortness of time available. Notwithstanding the legal reservations applicable to the requested documents, we are supplying this information in the spirit of cooperation and in an effort to see that the legitimate needs of the Committee are satisfied.

These materials are deliberative project management tools
and planning documents for use in conducting the President's
Private sector Survey on Cost Control. They are working
documents containing indicated improvement opportunities.
Both documents are subject to further review and analysis,
and the issues, dollar estimates and conclusions presented
should in no way be construed as final. Because we feel
that you share the President's objectives to improve the
efficiency of government operations -- we hope and would
expect that you and other members of the Committee would
exercise the requisite care to protect the work plans from
unwarranted disclosure so as not to jeopardize the integrity
of the process.

Sincerely,

Ban be

perts

yert E. Larkin

1850 K Street, N.W.. Suite 1150 • Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 466-5170

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