66. Letter From the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Weinberger) to the Under Secretary of State (Irwin)1

Dear Jack:2

Your memorandum of September 17, 1971,3 expressed concern over the delay in deciding the details of the foreign assistance outlay reduction. [Page 159] I can appreciate your desire to communicate the details to the Congress and to foreign governments and am hopeful that the President will reach a decision on the reduction in the near future. A memorandum on the subject is before the President now4 and as soon as we have a decision, we will notify you promptly.

The magnitude of the reduction is somewhat larger than your memorandum implied. Estimated outlays for 1972 budget as amended for bilateral and multilateral economic assistance are $2,218 million; a 10 percent reduction amounts to $222 million.


  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, AID (US). No classification marking. At the top of the page, Irwin wrote: “Talked with HAK on tel. on 9/21/71 pointing out problem of $222 which apparently includes $66 Supp-Ass’t.”
  2. Through the typed “Mr. Irwin,” Weinberger wrote “Jack”.
  3. Document 62.
  4. Not found.