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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON BUDGETING, MANAGEMENT, AND EXPENDITURES,

Washington, D.C., November 26, 1973.
Hon. Sam J. ERVIN, Jr.,
Chairman, Committee on Government Operations,
U.S. Senate,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In cooperation with the Congressional Research Service, the General Accounting Office and consultants, our Subcommittees have assembled and analyzed materials relating to collection of information from regulated companies by independent Federal regulatory commissions.

These materials, including information supplied by companies on a voluntary basis, deal principally with information on corporate ownership, although certain other aspects of reporting requirements are discussed.

Since 1942, collection of information by government from companies has been controlled by the Office of Management and Budget and its predecessor, the Bureau of the Budget. Under Public Law 93–153, the Alaska pipeline bill, Congress removed OMB jurisdiction over the information requests made by independent regulatory commissions, and authorized the General Accounting Office to review commission requests for information from companies.

The Committee on Government Operations and our Subcommittees have direct responsibilities regarding OMB and GAO and their performance in this vital matter of agency collection and dissemination of information. We believe that the materials on this subject which we have assembled will be of use to the Congress and the public, and of special value to Members of the Committee on Government Operations. We therefore request that these materials be published as a committee print.

Very truly yours,
LEE METCALF,

EDMUND S. MUSKIE,
Chairman,

Chairman,
Subcommittee on Budgeting,

Subcommittee on Intergovernmental
Management and Expenditures.

Relations.

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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS,

Washington, D.C., August 17, 1972.
Mr. LESTER S. JAYSON,
Director, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. JAYSON: We shall appreciate preparation by the Congressional Research Service, in cooperation with our staffs, of a subcommittee print dealing with principal stockholders of major corporations.

The basic material to be analyzed consists of responses received from several hundred industrial, transportation, utility, retail, insurance, and bank corporations, concerning the identity of their 30 principal stockholders.

These letters, reports by companies to Federal regulatory commissions, and financial references in the Library together provide data that when collated will be most useful in consideration of S. 3923, the Corporate Ownership Reporting Act.

Our staffs have conferred with Mr. Julius W. Allen, Chief of the Economics
Division and Mr. George J. Liebowitz, Senior Specialist on Taxation and Fiscal
Policy on this matter.
We shall be grateful for your cooperation in this endeavor.

Very truly yours,
LEE METCALF, U.S. Senator. EDMUND S. MUSKIE, U.S. Senator.

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IN ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Many weeks of effort by several persons were required to identify security holders who use nominee accounts, and to consolidate and tabulate their holdings in various companies. The contributions of Sally Davidson, Jean Stack, Lorelei Williams, and Anne Boni are deeply appreciated, as are those of Committee Staff Editor W. Thomas Foxwell and his associates with the Government Printing Office.

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