193. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Parker) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1


  • NSC Meetings

With regard to meetings of the National Security Council, the ex officio members (Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury) are no longer to be included unless the substance of the meeting requires their presence.2 USIA Director Jim Keogh, however, should be invited to attend all NSC meetings.

These instructions were passed to us from the President today.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1052, Institutional Materials, NSC Institutional Papers—February 1973. No classification marking. Copies were sent to Davis and Scowcroft.
  2. These instructions were repeated in a memorandum from Tom Hart of the White House Staff to Scowcroft on April 12 after Shultz inquired about the Treasury Department’s attendance at future NSC meetings. (Ibid., Box 1053, Institutional Materials, NSC Institutional Papers, April 1973 [2 of2])