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SELECT COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT
Seventy-fifth Congress, First Session
A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR REORGANIZING AGENCIES OF THE
FARE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
AUGUST 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 1937
Printed for the use of the
SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION
JAMES F. BYRNES, South Carolina, Chairman HARRY FLOOD BYRD, Virginia
CHARLES L. McNARY, Oregon JOSEPH C. O'MAHONEY, Wyoming
JOHN C. TOWNSEND, JR., Delaware
ROBERT M. LA FOLLETTE, JR., Wisconsin
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
SEP 2 S 1931
wirowIUN OF DOCUMENTS
Denit, J. D., Chief of the Accounting and Bookkeeping Division,
Ickes, Hon. Harold L., Secretary of the Interior.
McGuire, O. R., counsel for Comptroller General..
Selko, Dániel T., Brookings Institution ----
Reports of other Government Departments and Agencies.
REORGANIZATION OF THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1937
Washington, D. C. The committee met in room 201, Senate Office Building, at 10:30 a. m., Senator James F. Byrnes (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. Dr. Merriam, will you please take this chair over here?
STATEMENT OF CHARLES E. MERRIAM, MEMBER OF PRESIDENT'S
COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT The CHAIRMAN. Give the stenographer your name, please. Mr. MERRIAM. Charles E. Merriam.
The CHAIRMAN. Dr. Merriam, the committee has been meeting in executive session and you have heretofore testified before the committee in executive session. I wish that you would, this morning, explain the recommendations of the President's committee, particularly with reference to matters which have not been previously discussed by you and other members of the President's committee. Most .of the time of the executive session was devoted to discussion of the provisions affecting the General Accounting Office. I wish you would give to the committee your views with reference to other provisions of the bill.
Mr. MERRIAM. Mr. Chairman, I must apologize, in the first instance, for the absence of Mr. Louis Brownlow, who is the chairman of our committee. He has been ill for the last 2 months. He has not yet come back to his normal state of health and will not be able to be present at any of these hearings during the next week or so. I say that with regret, because Mr. Brownlow was not only the chairman but the leading spirit in the organization of our material and the shaping up of our findings. My other colleague, however, Dr. Gulick, is present and he is at your service at any time when you may require
I might, with your permission, Mr. Chairman, go back just a moment, since it is a long time since the executive sessions to recall something of the background of this report, and then go further into the detail to which you referred regarding other items than the Comptroller General.
This committee's report was an effort to bring better order out of what seems to be and is a jungle of Federal administration. This was an attempt to bring the United States Government, on the administrative side, down to date; an effort to embody in a report findings and conclusions that seem to represent a development of