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ACTIVITIES OF PETER A. STROBEL, COMMISSIONER, PUBLIC
OCTOBER 26, 28, AND 31, 1955
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
Serial No. 14
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1955
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman FRANCIS E. WALTER, Pennsylvania
CHAUNCEY W. REED, Illinois THOMAS J. LANE, Massachusetts
KENNETH B. KEATING, New York MICHAEL A. FEIGHAN, Ohio
WILLIAM M, MCCULLOCH, Ohio FRANK CHELF, Kentucky
RUTH THOMPSON, Michigan EDWIN E. WILLIS, Louisiana
PATRICK J. HILLINGS, California JAMES B. FRAZIER, JR., Tennessee
SHEPARD J. CRUMPACKER, JR., Indiana PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey
WILLIAM E. MILLER, New York
USHER L. BURDICK, North Dakota
LAURENCE CURTIS, Massachusetts HAROLD D. DONOHUE, Massachusetts JOHN M. ROBSION, JR., Kentucky SIDNEY A. FINE, New York
DEWITT S. HYDE, Maryland JACK B. BROOKS, Texas
RICHARD H. POFF, Virginia
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
BESS E. DICK, Staff Director
WALTER R. LEE, Legislative Assistant
SUBCOMMITTEE No. 5
EMANUEL CELLER, New York, Chairman PETER W. RODINO, JR., New Jersey
KENNETH B. KEATING, New York BYRON G. ROGERS, Colorado
WILLIAM M, MCCULLOCH, Ohio
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania
KENNETH R. HARKINS, Cocounsel
WILLIAM W. MILLIGAN, Assistant Counsel
Schwarz, Sol, business manager, Strobel & Salzman, New York, N. Y. 89, 146
Services Administration; accompanied by Roger Robb, counsel. 2, 60, 261
Letters, telegrams, statements, etc.:
Agreement, August 10, 1955, between Commissioner of Public Build-
Hicklin, R. G., vice president, Roberts & Co. Associates, letter, March
Letters, statements, etc.—Continued
Professional record of Strobel & Salzman, consulting engineers..
Letter, November 3, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler, with at-
tached statement -
Report, January 5, 1955, to Peter A. Strobel.
Letter, August 30, 1955, to Edmund F. Mansure, with attached
Notification of personnel action...
Incinerators, Inc., letter, March 31, 1954, to Peter A. Strobel, with
Transcript of telephone conversation between Edmund F. Mansure
and Peter A. Strobel, August 4, 1955, re selection of architects for
the CIA building --
Weitzel, Frank H., Acting Comptroller General of the United States,
letter, September 27, 1955, to Hon. Emanuel Celler..
White, L. Ř., Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency, letter,
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1955
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to adjournment, at 10:30 a. m., in room 346, Old House Office Building, Hon. Emanuel Celler presiding
Present: Representatives Celler (chairman), Rodino, Fine, and Keating.
Also present: Herbert N. Maletz, chief counsel, and Kenneth R. Harkins, cocounsel of the subcommittee.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.
The subject of our hearing today is that an official whose Government responsibilities required dealings with firms which may have or may not have been clients or associates of his shortly before his entrance into Government service. This individual is the Commissioner of Public Buildings, Peter A. Strobel.
Mr. Strobel, prior to his appointment, has been associated with the firm of Strobel & Salzman, consulting engineers, of New York City, and in that capacity had business relations with many leading architectural and construction firms.
This committee does not wish in any manner to prejudge Mr. Strobel. The committee will be wholly objective and let the testimony speak for itself. Mr. Strobel has been cooperative with the subcommittee in the course of its investigation and has made availab various materials that have been requested. But I do think it is important to ascertain whether there is any incompatibility between the private interests of Mr. Strobel and his Government responsibilities. In view of the importance of the office which Mr. Strobel holds, the matter is one which should be looked into immediately.
The committee will seek to determine whether Mr. Strobel's activities comport with the code of ethics promulgated by the General Services Administration for all its constituent agencies, including the Public Buildings Service. This code of ethics requires that all employees of the agency so conduct themselves as to permit no possible basis for suspicion of unethical business practices. It prohibits employees from engaging in any outside business unless the approval of competent authority is first obtained. And it prohibits employees from taking any final action with respect to any matter in which the employee has any personal or financial relationships.