3. Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Strategic Services (Donovan) to President Truman 0
I enclose copy of letter I have sent to the Director of the Budget, advising him that the liquidation of OSS should be complete about January [Page 18] 1, 1946, and pointing out the necessity of designating an agency to take over its functions and its assets.
Also, I enclose a Statement of Principles which I believe should govern the establishment of a central intelligence agency.
This matter you have stated you wished to explore with me before coming to a decision. I hope you may find time to discuss it before I leave for Germany on the War Crimes Case within the next two weeks.
- Source: Truman Library, Miscellaneous Material Filed by the Administrative Asst. in the President’s Office, Office of Strategic Services. Secret.↩
- Not found. There is an August 25 letter on the same subject. (Central Intelligence Agency Historical Files, HS/HC–801, Item 27) See the Supplement.↩
- See also the letter from Donovan to Smith, August 29, in the Supplement. (National Archives and Records Administration, RG 51, Records of the Office of Management and Budget, Series 39.19, OSS Organization and Function)↩
- Apparent reference to Donovan’s memorandum to Roosevelt, November 18, 1944 (“The Donovan Plan”), printed in Troy, Donovan and the CIA, pp. 445–447.↩