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Mr. NEDZI. Just in order of magnitude.
The WITNESS. No; it was a very small amount. I think I–I would have to check specifically but I think we have two refunds from Mr. Powell.
Mr. NEDZI. I think that would be useful to have for the record, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Hays. Yes; we will have it for the record. You can bring it to us. The WITNESS. Yes, sir.
By Mr. O'CONNOR: Q. I would like to hand you a copy of a letter from Eastern Airlines, dated December 13, 1966, enclosing photostats of certain refund
We will have that marked "Exhibit Gray 1."
(The above referred to document was marked "Gray Exhibit 1" and received in evidence.)
EASTERN AIR LINES INC.,
Miami, Fla., December 13, 1966. Mr. ROBERT D. GRAY, Committee on House Administration, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. GRAY: In accordance with your request enclosed are copies of the last four checks received in favor of the House Education and Labor Department Air Travel Plan Account. Sincerely yours,
J. B. WERNER,
Supervisor, Air Travel Plan Accounting. Enclosures : Copies checks $197.15, $197.15, $112.56, $541.66.
By Mr. O'CONNOR:
A. That came about through a-subsequent to September 30, our cutoff date, and the committee submitted three vouchers for payment.
Q. Which committee is this, now?
A. The Education and Labor Committee. And on two of those vouchers there was a reference to personal checks for reimbursement of personal travel.
Now, the vouchers said that the checks were attached and when the vouchers came through the House Administration Committee the
checks were not attached. And so we called Eastern Airlines' headquarters in Miami and they ran the checks down for us. They had been sent directly to Eastern rather than attached to the voucher and they sent us photostatic copies of the checks.
Q. Will you read for the committee the amounts of the checks and who the date, the payee, the amount, and who it is signed by.
A. The date of the first check is October 28, 1966; payee, Eastern Airlines; amount, $541.66, and the signature is Adam C. Powell, per L. M. Dargans.
The second check dated October 28, 1966; payee, Eastern Airlines; the amount, $112.56, signed by Adam C. Powell, per L. M. Dargans.
Third check, July 29, 1966; payee, Committee on Education and Labor, $197.15, signed by Adam C. Powell.
That, incidentally, was endorsed over to Eastern Airlines by Mr. Powell.
Q. By the committee, the payee?
The last check was dated July 29, 1966; payee, Committee on Education and Labor; the amount, $197.15; signed by Corrine A. Huff. That also was endorsed over to Eastern Airlines by Mr. Powell as chairman of the committee.
Q. What bank is the Huff check drawn on?
Mr. JONES. Does the endorsement show when those checks were
Mr. O'CONNOR. They are very poor photostatic copies and we haven't seen the originals on it.
Mr. Hays. There is a stamp on it but you can't read it.
Mr. Jones. There were two checks there in July, the same date, weren't there?
Mr. NEDZI. Yes, sir.
Mr. TAYLER. Both to the committee, one from Huff and one from Mr. Powell.
Mr. Hays. The stamps are so dim, Paul, you can't read them.
Mr. Hays. Here is a stamp on one dated July 29, November 9, 1966. I don't know.what that stamp means. It is just a stamped date there. It looks like some kind of bank statement.
The WITNESS. I can probably explain the delay. As I understand it from talking to Eastern Airlines, these checks were sent down to Eastern but the two that were made out to the Committee on Education and Labor they couldn't cash until they were endorsed over to them, so they had to send them back here for that endorsement. Mr. JONES. I see. Mr. O'CONNOR. I think we ought to move along rather rapidly.
By Mr. O'CONNOR: Mr. Gray, in your remarks you indicated there were 149 employees on the Education and Labor Committee payroll during the period January 3, 1965, to September 30. How did you arrive at that?
A. We examined the payroll records in the finance office as to date of employment, the assignment to the committee or subcommittees, full committee or subcommittees, and titles and the salaries of the individuals.
Q. And in the examination of the various payrolls did you examine the clerk hire payroll of Representative Powell's office?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. And I hand you here a series of checks drawn on the Treasury of the United States and ask they be marked "Gray Exhibit"-whatever the next number is.
The CLERK. Two.
(The above-referred to checks were marked "Gray Exhibit 2" and received in evidence.)
By Mr. O'CONNOR: Are those the photostatic copies of the Treasurer checks payable to Y. Marjorie Flores?
Q. What was her position and salary on the clerk hire payroll during that period ?
A. The position was clerk; her base salary was $7,500 a year, and gross salary $20,578.39.
Q. Now, during the payroll examination did you also examine the payroll records of the full Committee on Education and Labor?