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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1966
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., in room 2255, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Wayne L. Hays (chairman) presiding.
Present: Messrs. Hays, Waggonner, Jones, Nedzi, Dickinson, Devine, and Lipscomb.
Also present: Daniel L. O'Connor, associate counsel; C. William Tayler, associate counsel; and Julian Langston, chief clerk. Mr. TAYLER. Call Mr. Megill.
H. NEWLIN MEGILL, having been duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:
By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. Will you state your full name for the record, please?
A. My name is H. Newlin Megill.
Q. Are you a staff member of the House of Representatives?
Q. What position and what office?
A. I am the Chief of the Office of Finance of the House of Representatives.
Q. In your capacity as the Chief of the Office of Finance, do you have charge of the maintenance of the payroll records for congressional employees of the House of Representatives?
A. I presently have complete control in that regard; yes, sir. Q. Now, sir, I am going to hand you two exhibits which will be marked "Megill 1-A and 1-B," being the individual pay card of Y. Marjorie Flores, the first for 1965, the second for the year 1966.
(The above-referred-to documents were marked "Megill exhibits 1-A and 1-B" and received in evidence.)
By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. I ask if you can identify those records?
A. The 1965 individual pay card photostatic copy which is before me is in all appearances an exact copy of the original. In fact, I assisted in the reproduction of this copy.
Q. That is a copy of the original pay card?
A. The original pay card.
Q. On file in your office?
A. On file in the Office of Finance of the House of Representatives. The same is true of the 1966 pay card which was also placed before The same statement applies to that card.
Q. Briefly, sir, am I correct in saying that these two pay cards show the gross salary for Miss Flores and deductions and the net salary that was paid to her for the 2 years 1965 and 1966 as a member of Congressman Powell's staff? Is that correct?
A. That is correct. It gives all the details in delineation of that payment.
Q. Now, sir, I am going to hand you what is marked in the record as "Dargans Exhibit 6" and ask you if you can identify that?
A. I can identify this, Mr. Counsel. It is a photostatic copy of the clerk hire appointment form of Representative Powell appointing Y. Marjorie Flores as a clerk effective January 3, 1965, at the annual basic rate of $7,500.
Q. Is that the only clerk hire appointment form that you found in your files for Y. Marjorie Flores during the years 1965 and 1966? A. I didn't check that fact.
Q. Let me amend my question. Did you produce copies of all of the clerk hire appointment forms that are on file for Y. Marjorie Flores?
A. I did, and they were supplied to the committee, or the committee representative. All that are on file. I could have brought the personnel jacket that would have verified this, but we have supplied the committee with all appointments on file in our office.
Mr. TAYLER. May that be marked "Megill Exhibit 2"?
Mr. TAYLER. Excuse me. That is already marked. Strike that.
By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. What does that clerk hire appointment form-what action does it reflect as having been taken by Mr. Powell? Here is another copy of it.
A. It reflects that he signed the appointment, that he designated Y. Marjorie Flores at the rate of $7,500 basic to be effective January 3, 1965.
Mr. DEVINE. A new appointment, or does she succeed someone, or herself?
The WITNESS. She succeeds herself. That is indicated on the face. There is no requirement that the oath be executed anew.
Mr. DEVINE. It indicates she was on the payroll at some other figure?
The WITNESS. Yes; as indicated in the prior appointment supplied to this committee.
The back of the appointment indicates it was received in the office of finance January 5, 1965, at 8:36 a.m.