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(The above-referred-to documents
marked “Derrickson Exhibit 1" and received in evidence.)
By Mr. O'CONNOR: Q. Mr. Derrickson, can you account for the use of those tickets by someone else? Did
you know whether your name was being used at the time that travel was being made?
A. No, I did not. I allowed use of the card in each case by direction of the chairman. I assumed that whoever purchased tickets with that card would—the traveler would be noted, but I just assumed that, I don't know.
Q. You didn't know they were using your name in connection with the travel?
A. No, I did not. I have never seen an airline bill that came to the committee, I don't handle that, so I didn't know that my, that others traveled, I didn't know who traveled. I assumed it was Odell Clark who traveled.
Q. Have you been cognizant of a practice among the committee staff of purchasing airline tickets in other people's name for their own travel or for the travel of someone else?
A. No. I have been under the impression that the only people who had airline tickets other than the chairman and the subcommittee chairman were Mrs. Dargans, the chief clerk, Chuck Stone, the special assistant, and myself. And that these airline credit cards held by the chief clerk, Mr. Stone and myself were used by staff members whenever they traveled at the instruction of the chairman.
Q. Whenever you instructed a staff member to travel or approved his travel on committee business?
A. I never instructed anyone to travel, or approved it. I only allowed the ticket to be used when I was directed to give another staff my ticket to purchase airline tickets.
Q. May I ask whether or not an authorization was signed by you whenever your ticket was being used before the ticket was purchased ?
A. No, it was not.
Mr. WAGGONNER. Yes, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Derrickson, you have stated earlier that on occasion you did make loan of the credit card in your name to Mr. Clark.
The WITNESS. That is right.
Mr. WAGGONNER. Was this a frequent occurrence or was it an infrequent one. Could you estimate the number of occasions in the 89th Congress that this might have occurred?
The WITNESS. I would say it was from time to time. I would estimate that it might have been 10 or 20 times. I do not recall.
Mr. WAGGONNER. No further questions, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. O'CONNOR. Was this card you had a "Q” card that anybody could use?
The WITNESS. Yes, sir, it was a "Q" card.
Mr. Hays. Just a minute, now. I am not sure that statement ought to stand in the record. The person to whom a “Q” card is issued can use it to buy tickets for anyone. I am not sure how loose or how strict the airline is that anybody can use a "Q" card in somebody else's name. I think sometimes the airlines make the person identify themselves. Sometimes they do not. That is what I have heard. So in this case, however, they did use your “Q” card?
The WITNESS. They used my “Q” card.
Mr. Hays. The airline obviously required no identification from them?
The WITNESS. Obviously.
The WITNESS. It was my impression always that when these cards are used that the traveler's name appeared somewhere, but I did not know and I have not seen the airline bills.
Mr. O'CONNOR. I have no further questions. Mr. Hays. Mr. Nedzi? Mr. NEDZI. I have no questions. Mr. Hays. Are there any further questions? If not, thank you, Mr. Derrickson, you are excused.
Mr. TAYLER. Mr. Chairman, at this point in the record I would offer the deposition of Michael Schwartz to be inserted in the record at this point.
Mr. Hays. Without objection, it is so ordered. (The deposition follows:)
DEPOSITION OF MICHAEL SCHWARTZ (Given on the 16th day of December 1966 in H-329, U.S. Capitol, before C. William Tayler, special counsel to the Committee on House Administration, and Irene D. Stolman, notary public for the District of Columbia:]
Q. Will you state your full name for the record?
A. Associate counsel for Labor Management for the Committee on Education and Labor.
Q. How long have you been so employed? A. Approximately 242 years. Q. What was your previous employment? A. Student. Q. In connection with the performance of your duties as counsel to the Committee on Education and Labor, were you required to make trips outside Metropolitan Washington area?
A. Yes, sir.
A. The frequency_varied: Sometimes I would make trips almost back-toback. Other times, I would be in the Washington office for long periods of time without making any trips.
Q. At whose direction or instruction did you make such trips during the 89th Congress?
A. At the direction of the Members of the Committee on Education and Labor and its Chairman.
Q. Would you describe briefly the nature of the duties you performed while traveling for the Committee?
A. Usually, I would go into a city with one or more investigators to interview people connected with the poverty program in that city and also to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of that program.
Q. Was it regular practice on your part to file a report of the results of your trip after making each trip?
A. Yes, it was customary to file a report at the conclusion of a trip.
Q. Are you now or were you at any time during the 89th Congress the holder of an air line credit card?
A. No sir.
A. Usually by written memoranda nd request a ticket to the various cities that I was assigned to investigate.
Q. After you made that request for a ticket, how would you receive the ticket?
A. The Chief Clerk would notify me that my ticket was ready. I woud then pick up the ticket and sign for it. To the best of my recollection I always signed for the ticket.
Q. In each instance, when you traveled by air, did the ticket bear your name as the traveler?
A. Yes, sir.
Q. Then I take it that you never traveled on an air line ticket bearing another person's name as the traveler?
A. No, sir.
A. I always informed a secretary what I wanted typed on the voucher. She then typed it and I reviewed it before having it sent to the Chief Clerk for processing.
Q. The G.A.0. audit of travel by staff members of your Committee indicates that a ticket on National Air Lines was used by a Mike Schwartz to travel from Washington, D.C. to Miami on July 1, 1965 and return to D.C. on July 13, 1965. Do you have any recollection of making that trip?
A. I have no recollection nor do any of my records show that I was out of the Washington office from July 1 through July 13, 1965.
Q. I now hand you an air line ticket, coupons number 1 and number 2, which have been marked “Witness Schwartz Exhibit No. 1(a) and 1(b)” for identification, and ask you if you can identify that ticket as a ticket you personally used to make the travel indicated thereon?
A. No sir, I do no recognize this ticket as being used for any travel which I made.
Q. Did you make a trip to Miami from Washington and return on the dates I have indicated?
A. No, sir, not on the dates you have indicated.
Q. Then I take it your answer is that you have no recollection of using that ticket which is marked “Witness Schwartz Exhibit 1(a) and 1(b)” for identification?
A. No, sir, I do not.
Q. Did you at my request yesterday search your files for evidence of making this trip to Miami?
Q. Did you submit an expense voucher for a trip to Miami on the dates previously indicated?
A. I have no records of having submitted any such voucher.
Q. Mr. Schwartz, I now hand you what is marked as "Witness Schwartz Exhibit Number 2” for identification, being an Eastern Air Line ticket reflecting travel between Washington, D.C. and New York City on the shuttle on June 6. 1965 bearing the passenger name M. Schwartz and ask you if you can identify that ticket as having been used by you on the date indicated for the trip indicated?
A. I cannot remember having used this ticket to travel to New York.