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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ployees an RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT cutive Man 8 iinportan ;ed expendi 'n an outstanding deviation from its drive for economy, i whole con e Hoover Commission here went the other direction and e budget li< ^ed for larger expenditures, and particularly urged that ditures bu heater federal support be given to basic and medical nageme'nt o Search. deleting sys ne military portion of federal research and develop- the nations "lont is tll(> lion's share- Tt utilizes $2,050,000,000 of a total a«nual expenditure of about $2,400,000,000. The Commis- procedure S10n recommended that military officers assigned to Bees either b) ^a rc'h and Development serve for longer periods in order 'hat they may become professionally adept, and that Commission - receive deserved preferment and promotion. nded appro running a LEGAL SERVICES AND PROCEDURE 18 billion ft The Commission's report set forth broad plans to sepa- 956. "ate administrative from judicial functions in federal agen- lional apprj "W, and thus give the public greater protection against ade in terfflWuses of power and arbitrary bureaucratic action, nely charge The Commission's report and fifty-two recommendations eived. ri the subject were directed at improving the organization governmeJ legal services within federal agencies, establishing a , to provio arcer service for government lawyers, and raising their lagement. ' Pay. in part-tirt npvv Administrative Court of the United States, which facts whij ie public IS lich has ci nee the c in countf id should vith the p Fthe Unit fts aruj Commissi1' departmj r's statem1 ;inally me' Ziition btj of their them. Tl> NATO i lie the Comn1 ndations I nually «| ■ things, ol from ' !i numett -common'1, .1 and iff'' ns be b^ a units; y mdcrtak", :hat no <* ivate i"v :>mic aid. ient coO» omestic- ' ,- i, May. li WUef formal proposal was for the- establishment of a ""1<1 have three sections dealing with the adjudicative 'ases of tax. labor, and trade regulation. „, '"' Commission called for a reorganization of the work °f tl„, i> .... ... r .. ...• . . -. , .. . .... .... "' Department of Justice to separate its legal adminis- '"ve- duties from its litigation functions, with an assist- ueputy attorney general in charge of each division. PERSONNEL AND CIVIL SERVICE ., 'i]'>i changes in methods of handling civilian emcees in order to recruit and hold more' top-grade worked administrators for careers in public service were unamended bv the Commission. I realized that certain of its recommendations may !>ilt Perm n additional cost, but stated that it would be ! n>-\\ise and pound-foolish" to allow this consideration t ("l,u'eier|| the end result of greater efficiency and compe- B se in government which in the long run would save 'V times the temporary increase in cost. the ' Commission claimed that if the adoption of its . iv mnicndations could reduce the present annual gov- 111 Ti |)c 'T)ent employment turnover from 25 per cent to 20 e taxpa> .cent, that factor alone would save nearly $50 million (^ ^ntinuing service- in all departments and agencies, to ,°uld have "personal rank" and be subordinate only V'Ml-. p. '''"'■ proposals were For the establishment of a Senior El Service composed of politically-neutral, well-paid L '' administrators of exceptional skill and experience M " te, "iiuii nave personal ijf "'itieal heads of departments and agencies; creation ■,'""'' non-career (politically-appointed) executives to t|, over politic-al and partisan tasks, including work of ti, | ''-'Inie which many career executives are now forced ;ii)(| '""He; new methods and policies designed to attract Byfl skilled employees in public service; extension of t„ Sl'i- 'in I. •"1,1 'ut Brvice coverage, with its competitive examinations "ional jobs; and development of separate, adequate 'ystems for other jobs which may not now feasibly I"ilC ■ 'In- '"ed under the Civil Service program. Commission thought that the functions of political *r-T: 8 I', orom News, May, 1956 executives and career administrators have become confused and conflicting, and would like to make it possible for career administrators to devote full time to management iind to keep clear of political tasks and of participation in political controversies. These senior civil servants should be employed in a flexible manner in career positions wherever needed throughout the federal service, and the Senior Civil Service program, as proposed, should be administered by a proposed new. full-time Senior Civil Service Board of bi-partisan character, the Civil Service Commission to be responsible for the effectiveness of its operation. The Commission expressed disapproval of the present performance-rating system in our Civil Service and recommended establishment of a new, direct, less cumbersome, more efficient procedure. INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES So much of the Commission's analysis is "classified" [i.e., secret or restricted; under security], that the official report can be summarized in a few words: The Commission hinted that the government is timid about using its resources for fear of offending the Reds, and urged greater concentration on "the main target, Russia." and her technical developments. Russia, said the Hoover Commission, is provokingly bold in protecting its own security against espionage. Security measures in the United States, however, have permitted collection of vital secrets in this country with comparative ease. It was recommended: 1. That the President appoint a committee of experienced private citizens, who shall have the responsibility to examine and report to him periodically on the work of government foreign agent activities. This committee should also give such information to the public as the President iikiv direct. The committee should function on a part- time and per diem basis. 2. That Congress consider creating a Joint Congressional Committee on Foreign Intelligence, similar to the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. In such case, the two committees, one presidential, the other congressional, could collaborate on matters of special importance to the national security. FINAL REPORT AND SUMMARY In its final and summary report, the Hoover Commission said that the President should be relieved of direct supervision over thirty-three agencies which could not be "relocated" in other existing branches of government. To some official in the Presidents office should be delegated the supervisory responsibility of the President, who now lias direct responsibility for sixty-four independent agencies of diverse character. The Hoover Commission emphasized its belief that the substantia] cuts in expenditures estimated In the various task forces are feasible, are based on the elimination of waste, and do not involve any reduction in military strength, any item of useful public works, or any "delivered" federal contribution to health, education, and welfare. The Commission made 145 "administrative" recommendations which it asserted are in the power of the various departments and agencies to adopt, and 107 recommendations of a legislative character. Page 37 V
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