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FOREWORD

Fifteen years ago the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations was established to oversee the constantly changing and increasingly complex relations among the three layers of our Federal system. As a permanent organization whose members represent the Congress, the Executive Branch, Governors, State legislators, county officials, mayors and private citizens, the ACIR is a unique hybrid, with a broad, bipartisan perspective on intergovernmental relations.

Attempting to define and articulate new directions in those relations since 1959 has been no easy task. As new and explosive social issues have emerged, the complex web of Federal-State-local relations has been subjected to new strains and new challenges. Successive national administrations each sought to leave their own imprint on our domestic fabric under different labels: Cooperative Federalism, Creative Federalism, New Federalism. During all this time, the ACIR has sought to avoid labels while fulfilling its basic mandate as spelled out in Public Law 86–380:

1. To '...; together representatives of the Federal, State and local governments for the consideration of common problems.

2. To provide a forum for discussing the administration and coordination of Federal grant and other programs requiring intergovernmental cooperation.

3. To give critical attention to the conditions and controls involved in the administration of Federal grant programs.

4. To make available technical assistance to the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government in the review of o ed legislation to determine its overall effect on the Federal system.

5. To encourage discussion and o an early stage of emerging public problems that are likely to require intergovernmental cooperation.

6. To recommend, within the framework of the Constitution, the most desirable allocation of governmental functions, responsibilities, and revenues among the several levels of government.

7. To recommend methods of coordinating and simplifying tax laws and administrative practices to achieve a more orderly and less competitive fiscal relationship between the levels of government and to reduce the burden of compliance for taxpayers.

The Fifteen-Year Report of the ACIR summarizes an impressive record of activities. In numerous, well-documented reports, the ACIR has frequently pointed the way to more rational approaches to intergovernmental cooperation. Because it is merely an advisory body which must rely on others to implement its recommendations, the Advisory Commission does not have--nor should it have-high political visibility. Its strength lies in its reputation for thoroughness and nonpartisanship and in its proven ability to assemble vast bodies of factual information, define salient intergovernmental issues, and recommend appropriate policy decisions. Perhaps its most outstanding achievement in this respect is the general revenue sharing program, first recommended and vigorously supported by the ACIR nearly a

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations and as a charter member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, I am pleased to submit this report.

decade ago.

EDMUND S. MUSKIE,

United States Senator.

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Introduction

History of the Commission.

The Commission's unique status.

The composition of the Commission.

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The Commission's working procedures.

The Commission's "product".

Completed studies.

Studies in progress.

Other Commission publications.

Technical assistance..

The implementation program-

Administration of OMB Circular A-85.

Monitoring revenue sharing-A new task.

Impact of ACIR

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ACIR's future role

Attachment A--Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Rela-

tions, August 28, 1974.

Attachment B- Víembers of the Advisory Commission on Inter-

governmental Relations, 1959–74.

Attachment C-Staff in permanent positions as of August 28, 1974.-

Attachment D-Permanent positions authorized by fiscal year and

number authorized.

Attachment E-Consolidated statement of obligations, fiscal years

1960-74

Attachment F-Grants to ACIR from other agencies.

Attachment (-State contribution to ACIR by fiscal year
Attachment H--Local governmental contributions to ACIR by fiscal
Attachment |--Contributions to the ACIR from miscellaneous non-

profit organizations

Attachment J--Foundation grants to advisory, Commission on

Intergovernmental Relations-

Attachment K-Summary of actions taken by the Advisory Com-

mission on Intergovernmental Relations..

(All meetings in Washington, D.C., unless otherwise indicated)

First meeting-December 14, 1959

Second meeting-February 10, 1960-

Third meeting-May 25, 1960.

Fourth meeting-January 18-19, 1961

Fifth Meeting-April 27-28, 1961

Sixth Meeting-June 15-16, 1961

Seventh meeting --September 14-15, 1961.

Eighth meeting-November 30-December 1, 1961.

Ninth meeting-May 4-5, 1962

Tenth meeting-—June 28–29, 1962-

Eleventh meeting--October 10-11, 1962 (Seattle, Wash)

Twelfth meeting-December 13-14, 1962.

Thirteenth meeting--March 21-22, 1963.

Fourteenth meeting- June 27-28, 1963-

Fifteenth meeting-September 26-27, 1963.

Sixteenth meeting--January 23-24, 1964.

Seventeenth meeting-May 21-22, 1964.

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Financial support-Continued

Attachment K-Continued

Eighteenth meeting--September 17-18, 1964..

Nineteenth meeting - January 18-19, 1965.-

Twentieth meeting-May 14, 1965..

Twenty-first meeting-October 14-15, 1965.

Twenty-second meeting - January 13-14, 1966-

Twenty-third meeting—April 21-22, 1966..

Twenty-fourth meeting- April 14, 1966..

Twenty-fifth meeting-July 22, 1967..

Twenty-sixth meeting-October 6–7, 1967.

Twenty-seventh meeting-February 2, 1968, Chicago, Ill.

Twenty-eighth meeting — June 21, 1968.

Twenty-ninth meeting-September 20, 1968, (San Francisco,

Calif).

Thirtieth meeting-January 17-18, 1969.-

Thirty-first meeting-April 11, 1969.

Thirty-second meeting-June 13, 1969..

Thirty-third meeting-September 19, 1969.

Thirty-fourth meeting-December 19, 1969.

Thirty-fifth meeting-April 3, 1970..

Thirty-sixth meeting-june 12, 1970 (Western White House,

San Clemente, Calif).

Thirty-seventh meeting-September 11, 1970.-

Thirty-eighth meeting January 22, 1971.

Thirty-ninth meeting-May 21, 1971..

Fortieth meeting-October 8, 1971 (White Plains, N.Y).

Forty-first meeting--December 17, 1971.

Forty-second meeting-February 10, 1972.

Forty-third meeting-May 19, 1972.-

Forty-fourth meeting—September 14-15, 1972.

Forty-fifth meeting-December 14-15, 1972.

Forty-sixth meeting-March 8-9, 1973.

Forty-seventh meeting—June 21-23, 1973 (San Francisco, Calif.).

Forty-eighth meeting-October 12, 1973.

Forty-ninth meeting February 14–15, 1974.

Fiftieth meeting-May 16, 1974.

Attachment Reports issued by ACIR, January 1961 to date.

Attachment M-Summary of ACIR recommendations -

Summary of Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Recom-

mendations...

I. Government structure and processes-general

The legislative branch..

State legislation-general

Apportionment.--

Jurisdiction.

The executive branch.

General..

Governors.

Public personnel (see also individual subject heads)-

The judical branch (see also Law enforcement).

Courts..

Judges.

Multi-State regionalism..

Federal-local relations..

Financial emergencies.

State-local relations (see also bject cards)

State ACIR.

Federal role.

Assignment of functions

Community affairs.

Financial emergencies..

Substate regionalism (see also Special Districts).

Interlocal relations (see also Urban Development).

Assuring local viability

Metropolitan areas,

Counties (see also Law Enforcement)

Municipalities.-

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