381. Editorial Note

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Foreign Economic Policy held hearings on the organization of the Executive Branch for the conduct of foreign economic policy on June 20 and 22, July 25, August 2, and September 19, 1972. Testimony was provided by Secretary of State William Rogers and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Sidney Weintraub, Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson, Special Representative for Trade Negotiations William D. Eberle and former Special Representative William Roth, former Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon and former Under Secretary of the Treasury Robert Roosa, Harvard professor and former Deputy Special Assistant to the President Francis Bator, and Yale professor and former [Page 831] Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Richard Cooper. Their testimony together with statements and memoranda submitted for the record were published as a committee print: U.S. Foreign Economic Policy: Implications for the Organization of the Executive Branch (Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972).

Following his testimony on June 20, Secretary Rogers informed President Nixon in a memorandum of the same date that, in response to questioning from several Democratic members, he had “assured the Committee that the Department was up-grading its economic functions” but took the position that, “in general, the Administration’s foreign economic policy machinery was working well.” (National Archives, RG 59, Executive Secretariat, President’s Evening Reading: Lot 74 D 164)