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INDEPENDENT OFFICES APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1965

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1964

U.S. SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to recess at 8:35 a.m., in room S-128, U.S. Capitol Building, Hon. Warren G. Magnuson (chairman) presiding.

Present: Senators Magnuson, Monroney, Allott, Young of North Dakota, and Saltonstall.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

STATEMENT OF J. S. GLEASON, JR., ADMINISTRATOR; ACCOM

PANIED BY W.J. DRIVER, DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR; A. H. MONK, ASSOCIATE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR; A. T. MCANSH, ASSISTANT DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR; L. J. HOOK, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE ADMINISTRATOR; R. C. FABLE, JR., GENERAL COUNSEL; J. D. SHYTLE, CONTROLLER; V. P. MILLER, DIRECTOR, BUDGET SERVICE

ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR CONSTRUCTION

W. ASHBRIDGE, ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR; L. G. SCHWEICKART,

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT; C. F. HEGNER, MANAGER OF OPERATIONS; J. C. GARVER, CHIEF, PROGRAM CONTROL DIVISION

DEPARTMENT OF DATA MANAGEMENT

P.J. BUDD, CHIEF DATA MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR; C. B. DRINKARD,

DIRECTOR, RESOURCES SERVICE

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY

DR. J. H. MNINCH, CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR; DR. L. A. ZINK,

ASSISTANT CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR PLANS AND COORDINATION; DR. M. J. MUSSER, ASSISTANT CHIEF MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN MEDICINE; W. M. MCCOY, DIRECTOR FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES; DR. A. J. KLIPPEN, CONTROLLER, D.M. & S.; R. W. WISE, DIRECTOR, BUDGET SERVICE, D.M. & S.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANs’ BENEFITS

C. F. BRICKFIELD, CHIEF BENEFITS DIRECTOR; A. W. FARMER, DIRECTOR, COMPENSATION, PENSION, AND EDUCATION SERVICE; J. M. DERVAN, DIRECTOR, L0AN GUARANTY SERVICE; T. KIERNAN, ACTING DIRECTOR, INSURANCE SERVICE; AND E. R. SILBERMAN, CONTROLLER, DVB

APPROPRIATIONs, FISCAL YEAR 1964 AND Estimate, FISCAL YEAR 1965

Senator MAGNUsoN. The committee will come to order.

Today we have the Veterans' Administration. The Administrator is here and most of his staff. We will proceed. We have several items of breakdown of this appropriation; last year your total—I am adding them all up—was $5,384,784,000, and this year the budget estimates are $5,442,871,000, or a plus of $58,187,000, is that correct? But that is adjusted by a supplemental estimate received of $11,957,000, and then you adjusted down $1,030,000.

COMPENSATION AND PENSIONS

Mr. Monk. Then there is another $30 million for compensation and pensions.

Senator MAGNUson. Is that in now.

Mr. Monk. It just came up.

Senator MAGNUsoN. It just came up?

Mr. MONK. Yes.

Senator MAGNUsoN. That is a supplemental in the House now? It will be over here next week.

Mr. Monk. I believe they are handling it with the regular bill.

Senator MAGNUsoN. With the regular bill over there?

Mr. MoRK. I believe so.

TotAL FIGURES

Senator MAGNUson. Well, you put in then the total figures. Any. your budget estimate for this year is $5,552,971,000. "You have to add your supplementals. Mr. GLEASON, $5,446,941,000 is our amended estimate for fiscal year 1965. This is $21,700,000 over fiscal year 1964 including anticipated supplementals. Senator MAGNUson. We have got it wrong here then. Put in the correct figures. The changes are in the first page of your statement. Mr. GLEASON. May I read the statement, Mr. Chairman? Senator MAGNUson. Yes, the Administrator will go ahead with his statement. I just want to get those figures in the record along with your summaries which will be placed in the record at this point.

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Construction appropriation request Replacement program.-

$69, 954, 000 Hines, Ill. : 1st phase, 1,220 beds, construction funds----- 20, 310,000 Los Angeles, Calif. : 1,040-bed general hospital construction funds--

22, 628, 000 San Juan, P.R.: 720-bed general hospital construction funds__ 21, 271, 000 Chicago, Ill.: 760-bed general hospital, initial planning and site funds_---

1, 800,000 Adjustments to projects in process.

3, 945, 000

18, 291, 000

Modernization program..

Additional funds for 7 previously authorized projects.-
Initial funds for 7 projects totaling $38,601,000---

11, 003, 000 7, 288,000

Other improvements programs (funds for 43 projects).
Research.--

6, 841, 000 6, 414, 000

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MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION

DM&S Central Office & Area Offices

Construction INCREASE

Medical Education & Training $115,000

Millions $14,800,000 $14,915,000 $13,982,000

$15 $1.0million Páy

Raise Increase provides for statutory pay raise

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Consistent with long-range plan for program growth

Millions BR$40 $36,987,000

$1.8 million $33,742,000

Pay S1.3 million $30,500,000

Raise $700Thou

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