66. Letter From the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Weinberger) to the Under Secretary of State (Irwin)1
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.
- 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.”↩
- Through the typed “Mr. Irwin,” Weinberger wrote “Jack”.↩
- Document 62.↩
- Not found.↩