Preliminary Inventory of the United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government Records

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Preliminary Inventory of the United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government Records

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Encoded by:
Lisa Miller
© 2004 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government records,
Date (inclusive): 1947-1955
Collection number: XX312
Creator: United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1947-1949)
Extent: 36 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box 15.9 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, minutes, press releases, and printed matter, relating to rationalization of the organization of the executive branch of the United States government. Includes records of the second Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1953-1955).
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives.

Accruals

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Historical Note

The First Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, chaired by former President Herbert Hoover, was established by act of July 7, 1947 (61 Stat. 246). The commission studied and investigated the organization and methods of operation of the Executive branch of the federal government, and recommended organization changes to promote economy, efficiency, and improved service. Operating through functional area task forces, it submitted numerous full commission and individual task force reports to Congress. The final report, published as Concluding Report: Report to Congress, May 1949, included an index to previously submitted reports. The commission was terminated June 12, 1949, as provided in the enabling legislation.
The Second Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, chaired by former President Herbert Hoover, was established by act of July 10, 1953 (67 Stat. 142), and extended by act of May 23, 1955 (69 Stat. 64). It studied and investigated organization and methods of operation of the Executive branch of the federal government, and recommended organization changes to promote economy, efficiency, and improved service. The commission's final report to Congress was submitted on June 29, 1955, and was published in two volumes as Final Report to the Congress and Index to the Commission and Task Force Reports, June 1955. The commission was terminated June 30, 1955, as provided in extending legislation, with an additional ninety days for liquidation.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports, minutes, press releases, and printed matter, relating to rationalization of the organization of the executive branch of the United States government. Includes records of the second Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1953-1955).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the repository's online public access catalog.

Subjects

United States--Politics and government.
United States--Executive departments.
United States--Politics and government--1945-1953.
United States--Politics and government--1953-1961.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1953-1955)


Contents

Box 1-12

First Hoover Commission reports, task force reports, published and unpublished

Box 13-16

Press releases

 

Key personnel

 

Acknowledgments - Letters

 

Minutes of meeting

 

Digest of reports

 

Fan mail - First Commission

Box 17-19

Second Hoover Commission reports

 

(2) Digests

 

Public law

Box 20-23

Press releases

 

Minutes of meetings

 

Bills - Second Commission

 

Management handbook

 

Reports - Unpublished - Mimeographed

 

Medical reports - Staff papers

 

Legal service - Staff papers

 

Procurement - Staff papers

Box 24

Report of the Subcommittee on Transportation, to the Committee on Business Organization for the Department of Defense and the Subsistence Services Task Force, 1954 November 30

 

Volume 1: "Government Traffic Management and Transportation"

 

Volume 2: "Military Sea Transportation Service, Military Air Transportation Service, Panama Railroad and Panama Line"

 

Report of the Committee on Business Organization of the Department of Defense: "Programs for Improving Management," 1955 May

 

Report of Price Waterhouse and Company: "Summary of the Government's Lending and Related Insurance and Guarantee Activities." Copy No. 40

Box 25

Report of the Task Force on Subsistence Services, 1955 February

 

Volume I: Food Section

 

Volume II: Clothing Section

 

Volume III: Competition with Private Enterprise

 

Volume IV: Fiscal Controls

 

Report of the Task Force on Legal Services and Procedure, 1954 December 31

 

Volume IV: Legal Representation

 

Volume V: Legislative and Administrative Implementation of Recommendations

Box 26

Task Force Report: "Evaluation, Analysis and Recommendations on the Government's Lending and Related Insurance and Guarantee Activities." Copy No. 31

 

Report of the Task Force on Federal Real Property, 1955 April 29

 

Report of the Task Force on Military Procurement, 1955 May

 

Report of the Task Force on Paperwork Management in the U.S. Government, 1954 November 18

Box 27

Report of the Task Force on Legal Services and Procedure, 1954 December 31

 

Volume I: General Report and Recommendation

 

Volume II: Legal Services

 

Volume III: Legal Procedures, Parts 1 and 2

Box 28

Reports to the Task Force on Water Resources and Power

 

Clarenbach, Fred A., professor of political science, University of Wisconsin: "Reliability of Estimates of Agricultural Damages from Floods," 1954 October 21

 

Curran, Charles D., task force administrator

 

"Application of the Interest Component of Power Revenue from Reclamation Project under the Solicitor's Opinion and the Collbran Formula," 1954 October 4

 

"Evaluation of Federal Navigation Projects," 1955 March 4

 

Frederick, John H., professor of transportation, University of Maryland: "User Charges on the Waterways of the United States," 1954 October 5

 

Hoyt, William G., staff consultant: "Competition for the Use of Water," 1954 November 5

 

Hoyt, William G., and Walter B. Langbein: "Flood Management through Zoning - Insurance and Forecasting," 1954 October 21

 

Huffman, Roy E., professor and head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Montana State College: "The Reclamation of Land for Agricultural Purposes," 1954 November 12

 

Krause, Keith S., sanitary engineer

 

"The Federal Government and Water Pollution Control," 1954 August 13

 

"The Relationship of Federal Activities to Municipal and Industrial Water Supply," 1954 August 23

 

O'Brien, John B., Jr., legal advisor

 

"Federal Water Law, 1950-54," 1954 November 22

 

"The Preference Clause in Federal Electric Development and Distribution - Its History, Intent and Impact," 1955 February 10

 

Page, Norvell W., staff consultant: "Patterns of Federal-Nonfederal Partnership in Water Resource Development," 1954 October 6

 

Peltier, Richard J., staff editorial assistant: "Federal Gathering of Basic Water Resource Facts," 1955 February 24

 

Sturm, Alber L, professor of political science, West Virginia University: "Civil Functions of the Corps of Engineers Relation to Military Mission," 1954 October 30

 

Task Group on Reclamation and Water Supply: L. A. Miller, chairman; J. Hinds; H. E. Polk; R. J. Tipton; 1955 March 31

 

Task Group on Flood Control: W. W. Horner, chairman; W. B. Bates; H. W. Morrison; F. H. Newman, Jr.; 1955 March 31

 

Taylor, Perry R., government organization analyst: "Inventory of the Federal Agencies Handling Water Resources and Power Development and Conservation," 1954 October 15

 

Vawter, Wallace R., senior specialist in engineering and public works

 

"Case Study of the Arkansas-White-Red Basin Inter-Agency Committee," 1954 July 8

 

"Interstate Compacts - The Federal Interest," 1954 March 16

 

Various maps

Box 29

Public Hearings of the Task Force on Water Resources and Power

 

Transcripts of proceedings

 

New York, New York

 

Volume 1: Morning session, 1954 June 14

 

Volume 2: Afternoon session, 1954 June 14

 

Volume 3: Morning session, 1954 June 15

 

Volume 4: Afternoon session, 1954 June 15

Box 30

Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

Volume 1: Morning session, 1954 June 1

 

Volume 2: Afternoon session, 1954 June 1

 

Volume 3: Morning session, 1954 June 2

 

Volume 4: Afternoon session, 1954 June 2

Box 31

Portland, Oregon

 

Volume 1: Morning session, 1954 June 28

 

Volume 2: Afternoon session, 1954 June 28

 

Volume 1: Morning session, 1954 June 29

 

Volume 2: Afternoon session, 1954 June 29

Box 32

Denver, Colorado

 

Volume 1: Morning session, 1954 May 17

 

Volume 2: Afternoon session, 1954 May 17

 

Volume 3: 1954 May 18

 

Digest of written statements and of transcript of answer to questions

 

San Francisco, California, 1954 May 3-4

 

Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1954 June 1-2

Box 33

Miscellany

 

Diary

 

Letters, memoranda, press releases, report drafts

 

1953 September - 1954 February

Box 34

1954 March - 1954 July

Box 35

1954 August - 1955 June

Box 36

Letters, papers, articles, n.d.