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FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
PART 1–Panel Discussion With Editors et al.
H. 2. Congre... House
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
WILLIAM L. DAWSON, Illinois, Chairman CHET HOLIFIELD, California
CLARE E. HOFFMAN, Michigan JOHN W. McCORMACK, Massachusetts R. WALTER RIEHLMAN, New York EARL CHUDOFF, Pennsylvania
CECIL M. HARDEN, Indiana JACK BROOKS, Texas
CHARLES B. BROWNSON, Indiana LESTER HOLTZMAN, New York
GEORGE MEADER, Michigan ROBERT H. MOLLOHAN, West Virginia CLARENCE J. BROWN, Ohio L. H. FOUNTAIN, North Carolina
GLENARD P. LIPSCOMB, California PORTER HARDY, JR., Virginia
B. CARROLL REECE, Tennessee JOHN A. BLATNIK, Minnesota
J. ARTHUR YOUNGER, California ROBERT E. JONES, Alabama
VICTOR A. KNOX, Michigan EDWARD A. GARMATZ, Maryland
OTTO KRUEGER, North Dakota JOHN E. MOSS, California
CHARLES R. JONAS, North Carolina JOE M. KILGORE, Texas
WILLIAM E, MINSHALL, Ohio
CHRISTINE RAY DAVIS, Staff Director
ORVILLE S. POLAND, General Counsel
SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
JOHN E. MOSS, California, Chairman DANTE B. FASCELL, Florida
CLARE E. HOFFMAN, Michigan
MEMBERS Ex OFFICIO
CLARE E. HOFFMAN, Michigan
WALLACE J. PARKS, Chief Counsel
JACOB SCHER, Special Counsel
Cross, Harold L., freedom of information counsel for American
9, 36, 42, 45, 63
Newton, V. M., Jr., managing editor, Tampa (Fla.) Morning Tribune 13, 40, 57
Excerpt from opinion of the United States Supreme Court...
Dawson, Hon. William L., a Representative in Congress from the State
of Illinois and chairman, Government Operations Committee:
AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION FROM FEDERAL
DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
PART 1–Panel Discussion with Editors et al.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1955
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. John E. Moss (subcommittee chairman) presiding.
Members present: John E. Moss (subcommittee chairman), William L. Dawson (chairman of the Government Operations Committee), Dante B. Fascell, and Clare E. Hoffman.
Mr. Moss. First, I would like to welcome all the members of the panel who are with us this morning.
This is not a hearing. It is an informal discussion to give the subcommittee members and the public an opportunity to learn the views of the specialists in the field of information and, particularly, their views on the free flow of information from the Federal executive agencies to the public.
Let us be clear on this point: You are not here as witnesses. This is an on-the-record discussion so the people may sit in, so to speak, while we exchange ideas on a problem that is vital in a democracy. We shall discuss the general question of the availability of Government information from the viewpoint of the press, including radio and television, which are the main outlets for information in a democracy. Each of you has made a contribution to the movement toward greater freedom of information. There are many others who should be here, but we had to limit the number of participants.
I can best explain the goal of the House Government Information Subcommittee by quoting
from a letter sent to me on June 9, 1955, by the distinguished chairman of the House Committee on Government Operations, Congressman William L. Dawson, chartering our subcommittee. He pointed out the importance of an informed public, and stated :
With this guiding purpose your subcommittee will ascertain the trend in the availability of Government information and will scrutinize the information practices of executive agencies and officials in the light of their propriety, fitness, and legality.
You will seek practicable solutions for such shortcomings, and remedies for such derelictions, as you may find, and report your findings to the full committee with recommendations for action.
I am inserting Congressman Dawson's letters establishing the subcommittee in the record.