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REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3 OF 1967

TO PROVIDE A BETTER GOVERNMENT FOR THE CITIZENS

OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL

JULY 25, 26, AND 27, 1967

Printed for the use of the Committee on Government Operations

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1967

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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington

KARL E. MUNDT, South Dakota SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina

CARL T. CURTIS, Nebraska ERNEST GRUENING, Alaska

JACOB K. JAVITS, New York EDMUND S. MUSKIE, Maine

CLIFFORD P. HANSEN, Wyoming ABRAHAM RIBICOFF, Connecticut

HOWARD H. BAKER, JR., Tennessee FRED R. HARRIS, Oklahoma ROBERT F. KENNEDY, New York LEE METCALF, Montana JOSEPH M. MONTOYA, New Mexico

JAMES R. CALLOWAY, Chief Clerk and Staff Director

ANN M. GRICKIS, A88istant Chief Clerk
GLENN K. SHRIVER, Professional Staj Member
ELI E. NOBLEMAN, Professional Staf Member

W. E. O'BRIEN, Professional Staff Member
CHARLES M. RYAN, Professional Staf Member

ARTHUR A, SHARP, Staj Editor

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CONTENTS

Letter from Chairman McClellan to Senator Ribicoff, dated July 21, 1967,

designating him cochairman for the purpose of conducting the hearings

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on Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967-

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Message from the President of the United States entitled “Goal for the
Nation's Capital,” February 27, 1967, House Document 61.-

3

Message from the President of the United States transmitting Reorganiza-

tion Plan No. of 1967 to the Congress, House Document 132..

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Staff memo No. 90–1-37 dated June 7, 1967-

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WITNESSES

JULY 25, 1967

Phillip S. Hughes, Deputy Director, Bureau of the Budget, accompanied

by Harold Seidman, Assistant Director, Bureau of the Budget..

63

Walter H. Tobriner, president, Board of Commissioners, District of

Columbia, accompanied by John B. Duncan, Commissioner, and

Robert E. Mathe, Engineer Commissioner.

82

David Carliner, cochairman, Committee To Support the President's

Reorganization Plan..

101

JULY 26, 1967

Hon. Joseph D. Tydings, U.S. Senator from the State of Maryland..

115

Carl Shipley, chairman, District of Columbia Republican Committee - 117, 133

John Immer, president, Federation of Citizens Associations of the District

of Columbia..

125

Tilford Dudley, chairman, Democratic Central Committee, presented by

Richard K. Lyon.-

138

JULY 27, 1967

Mrs. Donald Watson, District of Columbia League of Women Voters.. 141

Schuyler Lowe, former Director of General Administration, District of

Columbia

144

Royce Hanson, president, Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies-- 148

David Rusk, associate director, Washington Urban League---

164

EXHIBITS

No.

1. Grade structure at the affected levels of the District government,
present and proposed.-

76
2. Percent of inmates in District of Columbia institutions with record of
prior confinement.--

97
3. Patterns of recidivism among offenders committed to the District of
Columbia Department of Corrections..

98
4. Letter to Hon. John A. Blatnik from the Committee for Forward
Looking Republicans, dated June 10, 1967, supporting the plan.. 135

Statements and Other Materials Submitted for the Record

Telegram from the East Rock Creek Park Civic Association, dated July

28, 1967, supporting the plan.--

169

Statement from Carl J. Megel, legislative representative, American Feder-

ation of Teachers, dated July 28, 1967, supporting the plan.

170

Statement from Alfred S. Trask, president, American University Park

Citizens Association, dated July 28, 1967, opposing the plan....

171

REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 3 OF 1967

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 1967

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m. in room 3302, New Senate Office Building, Senator Abraham

Ribicoff presiding. Present: Senators McClellan, Ribicoff, Montoya, Hansen, and Baker.

Also present: James R. Calloway, chief clerk and staff director; Ann M. Grickis, assistant chief clerk; Eli E. Nobleman, professional staff member; and Arthur A. Sharp, staff editor.

OPENING STATEMENT

Senator RIBICOFF. The committee will be in order.

This morning the Senate Committee on Government Operations begins hearings on Reorganization Plan No. 3, to provide for reorganizations in the government of the District of Columbia.

Because of the deep interest in this proposal, the hearings are being held by the full committee so that all committee members may

have an opportunity to participate in these deliberations.

Although the distinguished chairman of this committee, Senator McClellan, hopes to participate in the proceedings, his other commitments do not permit him to chair this set of hearings. Consequently, he has appointed me cochairman for these hearings. I want to express my appreciations to our distinguished chairman, Senator McClellan, for according me this privilege.

Reorganization Plan No. 3 would abolish the District of Columbia's three-man Board of Commissioners and replace it with a single Commissioner and a nine-member Council, appointed by the President, subject to Senate confirmation. The plan also would redistribute the functions of the present Board by transferring executive functions to the Commissioner and quasi-legislative functions to the Council.

According to the President's message of transmittal, the plan is designed to eliminate deficiencies in the present form of government in the District of Columbia by (1) unifying executive and administrative authority; (2) eliminating competing, and sometimes conflicting assignments of responsibility; (3) providing for the exercise of quasi-legislative functions through a bipartisan Council that would be representative of the community; and (4) permitting the single Commissioner provided for in the plan to organize the District government in order to provide effective day-to-day administration.

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