81. Memorandum From the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (Hannah) to Secretary of State Rogers 1
As you know, we have been engaged for a period of many months in a thoughtful and comprehensive study looking toward reorganizing and redirecting A.I.D. to better achieve objectives attuned to the present and the future and within existing legislation.2
We have completed this effort and are about to proceed with it.
I have kept Under Secretary Irwin informed as each step has been taken.
This morning I am personally hand-delivering copies of the material attached to this memorandum to the Chairmen and Ranking Minority Members of the Foreign Relations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee of the Senate, and to the Chairmen and Ranking Minority Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee of the House. A copy of one of the letters accompanying this material is also attached for your information.
You will note that I am not asking for approval, but providing an opportunity for them to point out anything they feel to be unwise or undesirable before the last steps are taken.
There will be general distribution of the overall document with an accompanying memorandum to A.I.D. employees in Washington on Monday. Copies of this material are also being forwarded to the President, Henry Kissinger, Clark MacGregor, George Shultz and Cap Weinberger.
I am sure you do not have time to read the longer document. The briefing paper on reorganization will give you the thrust of it.
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, AID (US). No classification marking.↩
- See Document 65.↩
- Attachment 1 is printed below. Attachments 2 and 3 were not found.↩
- In the attachment (not printed) to his September 20 letter ( Document 65), Hannah discussed the separation of security from development assistance as follows: “A.I.D. has centralized its Supporting Assistance programs into a new Supporting Assistance Bureau. This Bureau is now responsible for managing all economic security programs in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Jordan. In its recent report (No. 92-380 of July 26, 1971), the House Foreign Affairs Committee acknowledged A.I.D.’s intention of creating the new Supporting Assistance Bureau and noted that this ‘should facilitate the eventual transition of these functions to the Department of State.’”↩