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INDEPENDENT OFFICES APPROPRIATIONS
FOR FISCAL YEAR 1967
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 1966
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, at 10:13 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 1966, in room S-128, U.S. Capitol, Hon. Warren G. Magnuson, chairman, presiding.
Present: Senators Magnuson, Ellender, Allott, and Young.
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM
STATEMENTS OF LT. GEN. LEWIS B. HERSHEY, DIRECTOR; COL. WILLIAM S. ILIFF, JR., ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR; AND COL. BERNARD T. FRANCK III, CHIEF, LEGISLATION AND LIAISON
SALARIES AND EXPENSES
UNDETERMINED 1967 INDUCTIONS
Senator ALLOTT (presiding). The subcommittee will come to order. We have with us this morning General Hershey, Colonel Iliff, and Colonel Franck. And we have before us this morning the Selective Service.
1966 APPROPRIATION AND 1967 BUDGET REQUEST
Senator ALLOTT. The first item is "Salaries and expenses." Appropriations last year were $61,250,000. The budget estimate was $51,940,000, or approximately $10 million under last year. The House allowed $51,940,000, the total budget estimate, which is $9,310,000 under the appropriations for 1966.
General, you have a letter listing your witnesses which we will insert in the record along with your justification. (The letter and justification follow :)
Hon. WARREN G. MAGNUSON,
SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM,
Chairman, Subcommittee on Independent Offices,
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, Washington, D.C., May 25, 1966.
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: With your permission the following named officers will appear in support of the Selective Service System request in H.R. 14921, a bill "Making appropriations for sundry independent executive bureaus, boards, com
missions, corporations, agencies, offices, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1967, and for other purposes". These officers will be seated according to listing:
1. Lt. General Lewis B. Hershey, Director of Selective Service
3. Colonel Bernard T. Franck III, Chief Legislation and Liaison
LEWIS B. HERSHEY, Director.
GENERAL STATEMENT, FISCAL YEAR 1967
There is presented herewith justification for the request of $51,940,000 with which to operate the Selective Service System, the National Advisory Committee on the Selection of Physicians, Dentists and Allied Specialists and the National Selective Service Appeal Board during the Fiscal Year 1967.
The Selective Service System is organized to carry out the primary functions of registration, classification, selection and presentation for induction in the armed forces of the men necessary for maintenance of those forces at the determined strength and by means of deferment, urges men into those occupations and activities necessary to the maintenance of the national health, safety or interest. It also determines the availability of men for a selective call-up from the Standby Reserve. The collateral functions of administration, planning, training and records management are also performed by this agency. Selective Service assists in the Manpower Conservation Program by forwarding I-A 18 year old registrants for physical examination.
The use by the Selective Service System of the services of over 48,000 uncompensated officials is unique in Government. These patriotic citizens will become less enthusiastic in their giving of service unless adequate clerical personnel is provided. The request for Fiscal Year 1967 includes the provision for such services in Project 30.
The Selective Service System, which is decentralized, is organized on a pyramidal structure, the broad base of which is the local and appeal board element where the contact is maintained with over 31 million registrants by the uncompensated members of the System and the local and appeal board clerks who staff the 4,061 local boards and the 94 appeal boards. The next largest group is composed of the 56 State Headquarters; the relatively small group which comprises the National Headquarters is the apex.
The strength of the Selective Service System lies in the fact that classification is the responsibility of those uncompensated civilians living in the communities with the registrants. They have no pecuniary interest in their position but perform their tasks as a patriotic service.
The size of the calls or the number of inductions in any given period directly affects only one cost factor-namely Selectee Travel. This estimate for Fiscal Year 1967 is based on the induction of 160,000 registrants, compared with 103,322 actually inducted in 1965. For 1966, in this Justification, only the appropriated amounts are shown which were based on 125,000 inductions although the calls for the first eight months total over 240,000 and the induction load is estimated at 360,000 for the year.
Executive Orders Nos. 10166 and 10185 created the National Advisory Committee on the Selection of Physicians, Dentists and Allied Specialists. Pursuant to these orders, the Selective Service System is required to furnish funds for its operation and provision is included herein.
Executive Order No. 9988 created the National Selective Service Appeal Board. The Selective Service System is required to pay the members of the board and "to furnish suitable office space and other necessary facilities and service". This requires more personnel in National Headquarters to the extent necessary to meet this requirement. This budget includes a request for funds to accomplish this purpose.
The following ten-year table shows the experience and projection of the number of new registrations in future years:
A request is included for the replacement of motor vehicles. In F.Y. 1966, twenty-one vehicles will be replaced. For 1967, nine are being requested for the amount of $16,650. These are (1) two automobiles to replace those which have passed both the age and mileage requirements and (2) seven station wagons to replace those which have met the age and mileage requirements.
Our fleet consists of 36 automobiles, 24 station wagons and 10 trucks; one of which is 11⁄2 tons, the balance one ton or less. The equipment is in areas where there are no General Services Motor Pools available. They are principally used by State Directors and the officials of State Headquarters for contact with local boards within their respective states. The station wagons are used also to deliver light equipment and supplies to local boards. The heavy sedan formerly assigned to the Director was turned in in 1965 and has been replaced by a leased medium sedan.
Consolidated summary of objective classification
1 Proposed for separate transmittal, military pay increase supplemental, and civilian pay adjustment supplemental.