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REORGANIZATION PLAN NO. 5 OF 1952

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BEFORE THE

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HEARINGMORD

OPERATIONS
UNITED STATES SENA
COMMITTEE ON/GOVERNMENT JUN 23 1952
EIGHTY-SECOND CONGRESS

STANFORD
LIBRARIES

P50-8

SECOND SESSION

ON THE

REORGANIZATION OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

MAY 15 AND 20, 1952

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Government Operations

UNITED STATES
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WASHINGTON : 1952

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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas, Chairman
CLYDE R. HOEY, North Carolina

JOSEPH R. McCARTHY, Wisconsin
HERBERT R. O'CONOR, Maryland

KARL E. MUNDT, South Dakota HUBERT H. HUMPHREY, Minnesota MARGARET CHASE SMITH, Maine MIKE MONRONEY, Oklahoma

ANDREW F. SCHOEPPEL, Kansas
THOMAS R. UNDERWOOD, Kentucky HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho
BLAIR MOODY, Michigan

RICHARD M. NIXON, California
WALTER L. REYNOLDS, Chief Clerk
ANN M. GRICKIS, Assistant Chief Clerk

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CONTENTS

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Message from the President of the United States, transmitting reorgani-

zation plan No. 5 of 1952, prepared in accordance with the provisions of

the Reorganization Act of 1949, pertaining to enabling the Board of

Commissioners of the District of Columbia to bring about a basic

simplification and improvement of the Government of the District of

Columbia (H. Doc. No. 447, 52d Cong., 2d sess.).

1

Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1952.-

Senate Committee on Government Operations:

Staff memorandum No. 82–2–33, May 10, 1952, analysis of Reorgan-

ization Plan No. 5 of 1952

6

Appendix A-List of agencies in the District of Columbia Gov-

ernment which would be abolished by Reorganization Plan

No. 5 of 1952

9

Appendix B-Major defects in the organization of the District of

Columbia Government.

10

Appendix C-History of the Government of the District of

Columbia --

12

Letter from F. J. Lawton, Director, Bureau of the Budget, to Senator

John L. McClellan, May 12, 1952, setting forth his views on Reorgani-

zation Plan No. 5 of 1952_

12

Appendix-Public Law 109, Eighty-first Congress, H. R. 2361

105

Statement of-

Ahern, John W., chairman, Committee on Reorganization of the

District of Columbia of the Bar Association of the District of

Columbia; accompanied by Leonard Walsh, president of the Bar

Association of the District of Columbia -

87

Bartlett, Mrs. Henry A., chairman, Citizens Emergency Committee

on Reorganization, and vice president, Federation of Citizens

Associations

Case of Hon. Francis, a United States Senator from the State of South
Dakota..

59

Connaughton, John H., member, Executive Board, Federation of

Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia, appearing for

Clifford H. Newell, chairman, Committee on Reorganization.--

77

Donohue, F. Joseph, acting president, Board of Commissioners,

Government of the District of Columbia -

14

Galloway, Dr. George B., Legislative Reference Service, Library of

Congress

92

Gottsegen, Mrs. Jack J., Washington Section, National Council of

Jewish Women.

81

Groom, Thomas J., president, Washington Board of Trade.

79

Linowes, David F., director, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Washing-

ton, D. C.

86

Luther, Mrs. Lloyd, president, League of Women Voters of the

District of Columbia

78

Robinson, Brig. Gen. Bernard L., Engineer Commissioner, Govern-
ment of the District of Columbia.

28, 67

Schmeckebier, Laurence F., Washington, D. C.

84

Sittler, Hon. Edward L., Jr., a Representative in Congress from the
State of Pennsylvania-

66

Throckmorton, William M., representing the Washington Real

Estate Board..

85

Walinsky, president, Washington chapter, Americans for Democratic

Action,

82

Zirkin, Dewey, president, Merchants and Manufacturers Association,

Washington, D. C.

86

Letters, statements, etc., submitted for the record by-

Bartlett, Mrs. 'Henry A., chairman, Citizens Emergency Committee

on Reorg nization, and vice president, Federation of Citizens
Associations:

Letter to the President of the United States, April 22, 1952.--- 17

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Letters, statements, etc.—Continued

Petition to the President of the United States, resolution adopted Page

April 16, 1952

76

Case, Hon. Francis, a United States Senator from the State of South

Dakota:

Excerpt from staff memorandum of May 10, 1952_

Letter from John Russell Young, president, Board of Commis-

sioners, District of Columbia, to Senator Francis Case, July

3, 1951,

62

Letter to the Board of Commissioners of the District of Colum-

bia, June 25, 1951.-

62

Letter to John Russell Young, president, Board of Commis-

sioners, District of Columbia, September 25, 1951.-

62

Letter to Senator Francis Case, from John Russell Young,

September 28, 1951.

62

Resolution...

61

Connaughton, John H., member, Executive Board, Federation of

Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia, letter from

J. Ross Veal, M. D., president, Federation of Citizens Associations

of the District of Columbia, to Senator John L. McClellan, May

20, 1952.

78

Cook, Martin A., representing the veterans organizations of the

District of Columbia, statement-

100

Donohue, F. Joseph, acting president, Board of Commissioners, Gov-

ernment of the District of Columbia:

An open letter to the President of the United States, printed in

the Washington Daily News, April 21, 1952.-

17

List of organizations in favor of (1) Commissioner's proposal,

(2) Budget Bureau proposal.---

20

Galloway, Dr. George B., Legislative Reference Service, Library of

Congress:

Excerpt from Brig. Gen. Bernard L. Robinson, statement with

his interpretation of section 3 of Plan 5 of 1952

96

Excerpt of letter from Commissioner John Russell Young--

94

Kefauver, Hon. Estes, a United States Senator from the State of

Tennessee, statement.

100

McClellan, Hon. John L., a United States Senator from the State of

Arkansas:

Letter from George B. Galloway, Legislative Reference Section,

Library of Congress, to Senator John L. McClellan, May 20,

1952 -

97

Letter from Joseph C. Duggan, Assistant Attorney General, to

Senator John L. McClellan, May 19, 1952

98

Letter from Senator John L. McClellan to Frederick J. Lawton,

May 15, 1952..

99

Letter from Senator John L. McClellan to Philip B. Perlman,

May 15, 1952.-

99

Letter from Theodore Wiprud, Medical Society of the District of
Columbia, to Senator John L. McClellan, May 16, 1952

82
Robinson, Brig. Gen. Bernard L., Engineer Commissioner, Govern-
ment of the District of Columbia:
Chart- Present organization of the District of Columbia Gov-
ernment..

Facing 30
Chart-Plan for municipal reorganization, District of Colum-
bia

Facing 40
Clarification and extension of previous testimony of the Board of
Commissioners, submitted April 7, 1952.

68
Extension of remarks.
Plan for establishment of a citizens advisory council.

48
Proposed assignment of 95 agencies to 15 departments and 2
offices...

41
Resolution adopted by Board of Commissioners, May 19, 1952–
progress report to Congress on reorganization..

68
Resolution-Interpretation of the Commissioners concerning

section 3 of Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1952, May 19, 1952.- 67
Walsh, Leonard, president, Bar Association of the District of Columbia,
resolution adopted May 13, 1952---

91

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