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Patman, Wright, 1893-1976; Murray, James E. (James Edward), 1876-1961
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[Undated, 1952]

Advisory Council on Fed. Reports

10th anniversary. Glad to be here. Good information, reliable figures are the tools of both Government and business.

Neither can operate efficiently without information. This information must be reliable.

Your contribution has been very valuable.

This council is in a class by itself, because it shows how business and government can work out problems that benefit both. By this method we attain efficiency and economy. That benefits the whole people. We must work always to make government efficient & economical.

You have made a contribution to that end over the ten years of your existence.

Your statistical information helped win the World War II, you helped with the problems after the war, you have been very helpful in the recent partial mobilization.

Coordination of the activities is one of our hardest jobs-and not an easy one.

To make statistics jibe is a real headache. You have been most helpful. Records show many failures at coordination.

The Federal Reports Act of 1942 sponsored by Sen. Murray of Montana and Cong. Wright Patman in the House provided the authority to make coordination work.

I supported the bill in the Senate and I'm trying to make it work as President. I'm sure the next President will support it too.

Those who sponsor this Council may be motivated by self interest as well as an impulse for public service. Self interest is public service when its purpose is to avoid waste both inside and outside the government.

To you this statistical coordination job means better information and not so much red tape in reporting.

To me and to the Budget it means help in effective Government management.

Since I've been President we have been constantly at work to improve Government procedures, its recruitment and training of personnel, its budget, accounting and procurement practices.

This work gets no headlines no personal bally-hoo. But this work is a national asset. We have accomplished much, but much remains to be done.

New problems constantly confront us.

But by working together, the Budget Bureau, the Advisory Council and the President will be able to find the answer.


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