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Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume II, Organization and Management of U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969–1972

Managing the Department of State


Document 291: Editorial Note


Document 292: Memorandum From the Counselor-Designate (Pedersen) to Secretary of State-Designate Rogers

Washington , December 30, 1968 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, ORG 8. Confidential.


Document 293: Memorandum From President-Elect Nixon to Secretary of State-Designate Rogers

Washington , January 7, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Executive Secretariat, Secretary Rogers Files: Lot 73 D 443, Personal Papers of William P. Rogers. No classification marking. A copy was sent to Kissinger. Printed from an unsigned copy.


Document 294: Editorial Note


Document 295: Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Katzenbach) to Secretary of State-Designate Rogers and the Under Secretary of State-Designate (Richardson)

Washington , January 18, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, ORG 8. No classification marking.


Document 296: Memorandum From President Nixon to his Counsel (Ehrlichman)

Washington , February 1, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files, Subject Files, Box 9, EX FO 2. No classification marking.


Document 297: Memorandum From the Counselor of the Department of State (Pedersen) to Secretary of State Rogers

Washington , February 11, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Pedersen Files: Lot 75 D 229, Chron File. No classification marking.


Document 298: Memorandum From President Nixon to his Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Washington , February 14, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files, President's Personal Files, RN Memos, 1968–Dec 1969, #1 Feb '69. No classification marking. Printed from an unsigned copy.


Document 299: Notes of Telephone Conversation Between the Under Secretary of State (Richardson) and Representative Louis Wyman

Washington , March 20, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box 104, Telcons. No classification marking. Drafted on March 22. Wyman was a Republican Representative from New Hampshire.


Document 300: Memorandum From the President's Assistant (Flanigan) to the Under Secretary of State (Richardson)

Washington , April 8, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box 83, Ambassadorial Assignments. No classification marking.


Document 301: Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Richardson) to Secretary of State Rogers

Washington , April 22, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box 102, Seventh-floor Staff. No classification marking. Printed from an unsigned copy.


Document 302: Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Richardson) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Rimestad) and all Assistant Secretaries and Bureau Chiefs

Washington , May 2, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, PER 1. No classification marking.


Document 303: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the President's Counsel (Ehrlichman)

Washington , June 2, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files, Ehrlichman Files, Box 32, Overseas Government Personnel. Confidential.


Document 304: Memorandum From President Nixon to his Assistant (Haldeman)

Washington , June 16, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files, Butterfield Files, Box 8, Memoranda Received. No classification marking. The President wrote “Re: Personnel Cuts” at the top of the memorandum.


Document 305: Notes of Telephone Conversation Between the Under Secretary of State (Richardson) and Representative Wayne Hays

Washington , July 15, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box 104, Telcons. No classification marking. Hays (D–Ohio) was Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on State Department Organization.


Document 306: Telegram From Acting Secretary of State (Richardson) to Secretary of State Rogers and the Counselor of the Department of State (Pedersen)

Washington , July 25, 1969, 1349Z .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, PER 4–1. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Brewster on July 24, cleared by Findley Burns and Brown, and approved by Richardson.


Document 307: Memorandum From the Executive Assistant (Hastings) to the Under Secretary of State (Richardson)

Washington , August 13, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box CL 2, Personnel—General File. Confidential; Eyes Only.


Document 308: Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Richardson) to the President's Assistant (Flanigan)

Washington , September 23, 1969 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Richardson Papers, Box CL 2, Chron File. Confidential; Limdis. Annexes A, B, and C are not attached.


Document 309: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon

Washington , October 22, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 280, Department of State, Vol. IV, 10–1–69. Confidential. Sent for action. Vaky forwarded the memorandum to Kissinger for his signature under cover of an October 21 memorandum in which he stated that he had not discussed any of the measures with State and that no one in State was “doing anything.” Vaky commented further that 1) “State opposes an Under Secretary position, because that complicates their top echelon organization”; 2) State would “most likely oppose the inclusion of Canada in the new area”; and 3) AID would be “very opposed to an organizational change for aid to Latin America.” (Ibid.)


Document 310: Letter From President Nixon to All United States Ambassadors Abroad

Washington , December 9, 1969 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files, Subject Files, Box 10, Ex FO 2. No classification marking. Printed from an unsigned copy. The letter was initially drafted in the Department of State and forwarded to the President by Richardson under cover of a May 21 memorandum, following which the letter underwent revisions. (Ibid., NSC Files, Subject Files, Box 337, HAK/Richardson Meetings, May–Dec 1969) It superseded President Kennedy's letter to Ambassadors dated May 29, 1961. For text, see Foreign Relations, 1961–1963, volume XXV. Members of the Johnson administration proposed sending such a letter on several occasions, but none was sent while Johnson was President. (Ibid., 1964–1968, vol. XXXIII, Document 130)


Document 311: Circular Airgram From the Department of State

Washington , December 17, 1969 .

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Executive Registry Files, Job 80–M00165A, State/Letters to all Ambassadors. Top Secret. Drafted by Sidney Buford (INR/DDC) on December 16, cleared by Karamessines, Karamessines and Cline and Coerr, and approved by U. Alexis Johnson. Helms had informed Johnson in a May 7 memorandum, that after reviewing a draft of the Presidential letter that was eventually sent to Ambassadors on December 9, he was willing to concur in the letter on the understanding that a classified Roger Channel message would be sent as a codicil to the Presidential letter. The message was designed to make clear to Ambassadors that they were not expected to be cognizant of the sensitive details of clandestine operations and communications of CIA, while also assuring Ambassadors that Station Chiefs would continue to keep them “appropriately informed of covert action projects and clandestine intelligence and counterintelligence programs,” especially those involving “high policy sensitivity.” (Ibid.)


Document 312: Editorial Note


Document 313: Memorandum From W. Anthony Lake of the National Security Council Staff to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Washington , January 14, 1970 .

Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 2, Chron File. No classification marking. A handwritten notation at the top of the page reads: “Action OBE”. Kissinger wrote at the top of page 1: “Good paper Tony.”


Document 314: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for Congressional Relations (Timmons) to President Nixon

Washington , February 16, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files, Subject Files, Ex FG 11. No classification marking.


Document 315: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for Congressional Relations (Timmons) to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Washington , February 18, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Central Files, Subject Files, EX FG 11. No classification marking. Printed from an unsigned copy. A copy was sent to Harlow.


Document 316: Memorandum From the Secretary of the 303 Committee (Jessup) to Director of Central Intelligence Helms

Washington , March 18, 1970 .

Source: Central Intelligence Agency Files, DDO Files, Job 79–01440A, Box 8, Folder 1, US–7, State, 1970. Eyes Only.


Document 317: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to President Nixon

Washington , April 10, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Subject Files, Box 339, HAK/Richardson Meetings, April–May 1970. Confidential; Eyes Only. Sent for information. Turner Shelton worked in USIA and the Department of State during the 1950s and 1960s. During the Kennedy and Johnson administrations he served in the Bureau of European Affairs and the Bureau of Public Affairs and as Counselor of the legation in Budapest and Counsul General in Nassau. By 1968 he had left the Department. In October 1970 Nixon appointed him Ambassador to Nicaragua, a post he held until August 1975.


Document 318: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for Urban Affairs (Moynihan) to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)

Washington , April 28, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1050, Staff Files, Staff Memos, Moynihan, Daniel P. No classification marking. Kissinger initialed the memorandum indicating that he had seen it.


Document 319: Editorial Note


Document 320: Memorandum From the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to the President's Assistant (Haldeman)

Washington , July 13, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 282, Dept of State, Vol. VIII, 1 Jul 70–Aug 70. Sensitive; Eyes Only. Haig forwarded the memorandum to Kissinger for his signature under a covering memorandum in which Haig advised Kissinger “not to go on record for or against this report.” A note on the covering memorandum indicates Kissinger asked Haig to sign the memorandum for him, which Haig did.


Document 321: Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber) to Secretary of State Rogers

Washington , July 20, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Task Force File, July 1970. No classification marking. Drafted by Macomber. Printed from an unsigned copy.


Document 322: Letter From the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Japan (Sneider) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber)

Washington , August 12, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Task Force Files, August 14 thru 31, 1970. Official–Informal; Unclassified. Commentary on the task force reports from Ambassadors and other Embassy officials in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere is ibid.


Document 323: Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (Hillenbrand) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber)

Washington , August 19, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Task Force File, August 14 thru 31, 1970. Unclassified.


Document 324: Letter From the Ad Hoc Committee to Improve the Status of Women in the Foreign Affairs Agenciesto the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber)

Washington , August 24, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Women's Affairs. No classification marking. Copies were sent to State, USIA, AID, AFSA, and JFSOC.


Document 325: Memorandum for the Files

Washington , August 26, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Women's Affairs. No classification marking. Drafted by Howard P. Mace, Deputy Director General of the Foreign Service.


Document 326: Memorandum From Mary S. Olmsted of the Ad Hoc Women's Committee, Department of State to Chris Petrow of the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration

Washington , October 7, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Women's Affairs. No classification marking.


Document 327: Memorandum From the Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs (Spiers) to the Under Secretary of State (Irwin)

Washington , October 21, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, POL 1 US. Confidential. Sent through Johnson who initialed the memorandum. Drafted by Thomas Pickering (PM).


Document 328: Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber) to the President's Assistant (Flanigan)

Washington , December 29, 1970 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Staff Member and Office Files, Flanigan, Box 13, Ambassadors—Broad Memoranda. No classification marking. In a January 19, 1971, follow-up memorandum to FlaniganMacomber stated: “the percentage chart figures on career and non-career Chiefs of Mission in the last four Administrations reflect the total number of Ambassadors appointed during each of these Administrations. Thus, if a non-career Ambassador was replaced after brief service by another non-career person the figures would reflect two non-career appointments and a resultant distortion in the percentage figures. I think a 70%–30% split in career appointees at post is just about right, and that is where we are at the moment.” (Ibid.)


Document 329: Telegram From the Department of State to All Posts

Washington , January 19, 1971, 1600Z .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management, Management Subject Files: Lot 76 D 210, ORG 8 Task Force Recommendations. Unclassified. Drafted by Robert Foulton, Chief of the Management Staff in Macomber's office, and approved by Macomber.


Document 330: Editorial Note


Document 331: Information Memorandum From the Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs (Spiers) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Washington , February 22, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, ORG 8. Confidential.


Document 332: Letter From the Ambassador to Nepal (Laise) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber)

Kathmandu , March 11, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Task Force File, March 1971. Unclassified; Official–Informal. Carol Laise served as Ambassador to Nepal from 1966 to 1973.


Document 333: Letter From Secretary of State Rogers to Secretary of Defense Laird

Washington , March 29, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 283, Dept of State, Vol. X, 1 Dec 70–15 Apr 71. Secret.


Document 334: Action Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber) to Secretary of State Rogers

Washington , April 17, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Subject Files: Lot 76 D 235, 7th Floor Organization. No classification marking. Sent through U. Alexis Johnson.


Document 335: Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State's Special Assistant for Political Affairs (Peck) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Washington , June 18, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Executive Secretariat, Memorandums of the Executive Secretariat, 1964–1976, Box 6, S/S–S Memos, April–Sept 1971, Vol. 3. Secret. Nicholas Platt (S/S) forwarded copies of the memorandum to James Dobbins (S/PC), Leonard Warren (PM), and William Berry (INR) under cover of a June 22 memorandum in which he indicated that Peck wanted their bureaus to look over the memorandum in anticipation of discussing it with them. (Ibid.)


Document 336: Editorial Note


Document 337: Letter From the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Packard) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Johnson)

Washington , September 20, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, ORG 1. Confidential.


Document 338: Action Memorandum From the Chairman of the Secretary's Open Forum Panel, Department of State (Thomas) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Administration (Macomber)

Washington , October 20, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, MR: Special—Policy on Role or Wives. No classification marking. Thomas was a Foreign Service officer who had served in several Latin American countries.


Document 339: Memorandum From the Chairman of the Department of State Task Force VII Committee (Petrow) to the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management (Macomber)

Washington , December 21, 1971 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, Management Reform—Task Force Chairman's Meeting—Report. Confidential; Eyes Only. The 13 Task Force chairmen convened in Washington December 13–17 to be briefed on implementation of the Task Force recommendations and to provide their evaluation of the progress so far and their advice on handling outstanding issues. (Memorandum from Robert Steven to Macomber, October 8; ibid., MR: TF Chairmen's Meeting, December 13–17, 1971)


Document 340: Editorial Note


Document 341: Airgram From the Department of State to All Posts

Washington , January 22, 1972, 9:05 a.m.

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, PER 1. Joint message from State, AID, and USIA. Drafted on January 12 by the Open Forum Panel, Macomber, Hillenbrand, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs David Newsom, and Director General of the Foreign Service William Hall, concurred in by USIA and AID, and approved by Macomber. Unclassified.


Document 342: Editorial Note


Document 343: Editorial Note


Document 344: Letter From Secretary of State Rogers to Secretary of Defense Laird

Washington , May 18, 1972 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, ORG 1. Confidential. Drafted by Thomas Pickering, Deputy Director of PM, on May 8 and redrafted by Johnson on May 15. Cleared by Springsteen, Moore, Green, Sisco, Meyer, and Nelson.


Document 345: Letter From Secretary of Defense Laird to Secretary of State Rogers

Washington , June 2, 1972 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970–73, ORG 1. Confidential.


Document 346: Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Management (Macomber) to the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (Richardson)

Washington , September 20, 1972 .

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, Management Reform Task Force Papers: Lot 74 D 394, MR: TF IX, Openness. No classification marking. Drafted by Steven, and sent through S/S. A copy was sent to EUR. Printed from a copy that indicates Macomber signed the original.


Document 347: Editorial Note