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private enterprise and feel they should do the job of producing materials for the Government whenever and wherever they can.
I am glad to say that considerable progress has been made along this line. It has been due principally to the cooperation of the Department of Defense, which has worked very closely with our Business and Defense Services Administration. They have given us the information we have asked for and many of the things they were doing have been discontinued.
On the matter of legislation, we rather doubt at this time if anything particularly effective might be accomplished.
The CHAIRMAN. Why?
Mr. TEETOR. We doubt if anything particularly effective could be accomplished at this time because of the work that we are doing in the Department of Commerce.
Now, Mr. Honeywell is going to say more about this, Mr. Chairman, when I finish with my introductory remarks, but through his division, the Business and Defense Services Administration and the group that he has working on this, they are making excellent progress now. Ι think that it would be wise to let us go ahead with this and do the things that we have in mind doing now. We believe that it will not be too long until there will be very little criticism of the Government being in competition with private business.
The CHAIRMAN. If I may interrupt you there, I understand that as early as the 1930's a congressional committee criticized Government in business, and then the Bonner subcommittee followed along with a somewhat similar report. Then, as we know, the Hoover Commission took a hand at it, and then the President himself has been saying something about it. However, the complaints continue to come in to us from our home folks who are deprived of their opportunity to do business and pay taxes to the Federal Government, so perhaps we are too impatient, is that what you are saying, or is this something new, maybe?
Mr. TEETOR. This is something new, Mr. Chairman.
The CHAIRMAN. They have changed some of the fellows in the departments. They have given Mr. Wilson a few new Secretaries of Defense, but every time some fellow comes up here he brings with him someone who has been down there the last 10 or 15 years, which makes me wonder if perhaps the old policies, despite our endeavors, are not still in force.
Mr. TEETOR. Some are, but some have been changed, but the important thing is this——there is now a desire on the part of public officials to stop this practice.
The CHAIRMAN. Which ones?
Mr. TEETOR. The Department of Defense and the Post Office Department.
The CHAIRMAN. Do you mean those at the top, or all down through?
Mr. TEETOR. It must start with the top, and if the top really believes in it and wants those policies practiced, the top can put them into effect and we have watched them work in that direction.
The CHAIRMAN. This morning I received a letter from some 20 organizations—I think it is interested in the Navy-and they all want
to continue doing what they are doing, so unless somebody at the top really sets down on it we will not make much progress.
Mr. TEETOR. Certainly some of this legislation we have no objection to. We have no objection to H. R. 9835. We have no objection to H. R. 9890. I do not know that either one would be to effective, but we do object to H. R. 8832, and the establishment of a new agency of government. We think that might not help a great deal, and it would be just one more agency. H. R. 9834 requires the Director of the Bureau of the Budget to submit a long report to Congress, which is quite a workload for him. You have now a very effective agency in Government in the Business and Defense Services Administration, in the Department of Commerce, that is into this subject all the time. They gather information directly from industry through 26 different industry divisions in the Business and Defense Services Administration, and we ask these divisions to tell us whenever they are confronted with Government competition and whenever it is found they are, we start working on that. We have found that people at the top of these Government agencies today believe just like we do, and they are willing to help us, and they have helped us, and I think they will continue.
The big thing, as I said before, the important factor, is the desire on the part of public officials to do this thing. If we have public officials at the top who do not want to do it, I think regardless of the type of legislation we pass we will have great difficulty in getting the thing stopped. I would like for
Mr. Honeywell to speak at greater length about the Business and Defense Services Administration. Mr. Honeywell is the Administrator of the Business and Defense Services Administration. He has been right in the middle of this, and I would like for him to talk to you a little bit about this.
Mr. Dawson. This country is now facing a crisis which may or may not develop into a real hot war, as we call it. In the event that it did, and it would be necessary for the Government to speed up any part of its Defense Establishment, you would be for the Government doing whatever is necessary in the light of the circumstances facing the country, to prepare the country to meet the challenge, would you not?
Mr. TEETOR. Certainly.
Mr. Dawson. When World War I came we were unprepared. It was necessary for the Government to furnish money and to build buildings and buy machinery and so forth in order to meet the challenge, was it not?
Mr. TEETOR. I believe it was.
Mr. Dawson. And after World War I we sank our ships and we pulled in our claws, and when World War II broke out we were caught unprepared again, and consequently the Government had to go through a feverish effort to prepare itself to meet that emergency; that is true, is it not?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes, using private enterprise always to the extent it could be of service.
Mr. Dawson. Private enterprise could not do the job the Government did. It did not have the money.
It did not have the means. It did not have the facilities to do it as quickly as was necessary in the light of the Department of Defense, which was charged with the responsibility of protecting this country; is that not true?
Mr. TEETOR. In many cases that was true.
Mr. Dawson. Then in many of these activities that the Government is now engaged in they had perfected their own tanks, perfected their own guns, and perfected many of the instruments in the defense of this country within their own plants; is that not so?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes.
Mr. Dawson. That work could have been done by private industry had they had the incentive to do it, or had they wanted to spend the time and money without any return in order to make the necessary experiments; is that not so?
Mr. TEETOR. I suppose that is true.
Mr. Dawson. But industry is not going to engage in anything unless they can see a return for themselves, a profit for themselves from the operation, are they?
Mr. TEETOR. No, sir.
Mr. TEETOR. That is the division that was established the 1st of last October. It is the Business and Defense Services Administration. Mr. Honeywell is the Administrator of it, and he would like to tell you about the BDSA.
Mr. DAWSON. Under what authority was it set up?
Mr. DAWSON. Do you have any relationship with the Small Business Committee of the Congress?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes, we have very close relationship with the Small Business Committee of the Congress.
Mr. Dawson. And you have worked on complaints that have reached you from that committee which in turn were received by the Members of Congress?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes; we have acted upon many of those.
Mr. Dawson. You do not regard it as a matter of congressional interference if a Congressman receives a letter from a businessman, or industry in his district, and he takes it to the committee, and then the committee brings it to you. You would examine the situation. You would not call that congressional interference, would you?
Mr. TEETOR. No, sir. We would welcome that.
Mr. DAWSON. And if the Congressman received a letter from a businessman in his district and brought it directly to your attention, would you act on it?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes, we would try to do everything we could.
Mr. Dawson. You would not think the Congressman was unduly trying to interfere with you, would you? Mr. TEETOR. No, sir.
Mr. Dawson. You would think, in fact, that the Congressman was carrying out his duty to his constituents, when he is their National Representative, to take any complaints to you and call them to the attention of the ones charged with the responsibility of acting upon them, would you not?
Mr. TEETOR. I should think he should always do that.
Mr. Dawson. Then if a letter comes down you will not red-print it "CI," will you? Mr. TEETOR. No, sir. You can send all the information to us you
We would like to have it. Mr. OSMERS. Mr. Chairman, first I want to tell Mr. Dawson that I do not want to interrupt his chain of thought. I do want to interject this thought—that while I have full respect for what was done by the Government during World War II, I want to say frankly for the record-even though I may disagree with Mr. Dawson—that had it not been for the skill and the energy and the know-how of private enterprise during any of our wars we never would have come out with that magnificent result we did. There were some activities that were purely of a Government nature where we had to take the men from private industry and put them in Government, or in uniform to accomplish the results, but in my opinion the American free enterprise system is the strongest board we have, Mr. Teetor, and that is why I am primarily interested in getting legislation of this type.
Mr. Dawson. You do not mean to say that I do not believe in free enterprise, do you?
Mr. OSMERS. I do not mean to say that. I always prefer to have a man's own words speak for himself. I do not need to speak for him. What I am trying to do in suggesting these various bills is to raise the subject a little above the business of a man writing a letter to his Congressman. Maybe he does not know his Congressman; maybe his Čongressman does not like him; maybe his Congressman does not agree with him; maybe his Congressman does not understand the paint business; maybe his Congressman is away in Europe on an expedition. What I am trying to do is to set up a statute, a place where a legitimate businessman, or an association, can place a case before the Government. I am not trying to win the case for him, or lose it. I want to get it out of some committee that may be scattered all over this country, or somewhere else, and place it in the executive branch of the Government where it ought to be. That is the purpose of all these bills here—to try to do something about it.
I agree with what you said about the efforts of the present administration, and I am impressed, but administrations change. They grow old. Personnel disappears, resigns and retires, and I feel that it is a job for Congress to set up some very simple machinery and work in this field.
Do you see any objection to having the President of the United States give an annual report to the country and to the Congress on progress in this field?
Mr. TEETOR. No; I see no objection to it.
Mr. OSMERS. Do you see any objection in requiring some remote branch of the Veterans' Administration, before they establish a painting plant somewhere 1,000 miles from Washington, to require that the Veterans' Administration, before they establish that competitivetype activity, present facts and justifications to the Director of the Budget, or the Department of Commerce, or someplace else?
Mr. TEETOR. No; I see no objection to that.
Mr. Judd. Mr. Teetor, you said that you thought it would be a good idea for Congress to allow the departments to go along with what they are presently doing. You used the words "things you have in mind to do."
Would you mind telling us what some of those things are, or is it Mr. Honeywell who will testify to that?
Mr. TEETOR. That is what Mr. Honeywell will tell you.
Mr. JUDD. I will ask a little more specifically when the right moment comes, what are some of the things that you have in mind to do.
The CHAIRMAN. The Bureau of the Budget recommends to the Congress how much, and for what purposes, money shall be appropriated, does it not?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes.
The CHAIRMAN. As long as it is the policy of that Bureau and of the administration to get Government out of business, out of competition with private enterprise, why cannot the Bureau of the Budget throw out the requests that the various departments make for funds that enable them to get in competition with business?
Mr. TEETOR. I do not know that I understand your question. Will you state it again?
The CHAIRMAN. Yes. The Bureau of the Budget comes to Congress every session and asks for money for specific purposes and in certain amounts. That is right, is it not?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes.
The CHAIRMAN. Assuming that the administration of the Bureau of the Budget wants to end this competition of the Government, why is it not screening the requests that come from the various departments? Instead of asking Congress for so much money for the Navy, so much for the Army, and some other department, which money they want to use to establish, for example, a paint plant, a coffee roaster or something else, why does not the Bureau of the Budget just forget it and not ask us for the money?
Mr. TEETOR. I do not know why they do not. I am not sure that they do not do a lot of that now.
The CHAIRMAN. They do a lot of it, but still you admit that Government is in business and in competition with the taxpayer when it should not be; is that right?
Mr. TEETOR. Yes. Most of these things were started a long time ago. The CHAIRMAN. I know they were, but they are still continuing.
Mr. TEETOR. I think that would certainly be something that the Bureau of the Budget could watch out for.
The CHAIRMAN. So, if the Bureau of the Budget performed its duty 100 percent, there would not be any need for us to be bothered about it; is that right?
Mr. TEETOR. I think that is right. If they screen the other agencies' budgets as well as they screen the budget of the Department of Commerce, I would say there would be little opportunity for new Government businesses to start.
Now, Mr. Honeywell would like to make a statement.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Honeywell, you heard the last two or three questions I asked.
Mr. HONEYWELL. Yes.
The CHAIRMAN. Tell me, is there any reason why the Bureau of the Budget cannot do this job on its own volition, if it wants to?
Mr. HONEYWELL. Mr. Hoffman, I am not qualified to answer that question.