FG 197 (President's Committee on Consumer Interests) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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  • Linear measurement of materials:   4 in.
  • Number of pages:   800
Organizational Note

The President's Committee on Consumer Interests (PCCI) was established by Executive Order 11136 in January 1964 (amended by Executive Order 11349 in May 1967). The primary functions of PCCI were to examine Federal policies and programs, which are important to consumers or consumer needs, and to facilitate communication between consumers and Federal departments or agencies. The Committee had 12 members who were the heads of Federal agencies as well as anyone the President chose to appoint. Serving with the Committee was the Consumer Advisory Council (FG 197-1). This council was set up under Executive Order 11136 (amended by Executive Order 11349) as well. It was created to advise the government on issues of economic policy and government programs relating to consumers and their needs, and the need for information to reach the public. They also served as advisors to PCCI. This Council consisted of twelve private citizens appointed by the President. In February 1971, under Executive Order 11583, the President's Committee on Consumer Interests was abolished when the Office of Consumer Affairs was created.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of memorandums, correspondence, reports and news clippings.

Primary correspondents include John R. Brown, Jonathan Rose, Joe Dawson, Virginia Knauer, Peter M. Flanigan, H. R. Haldeman, and John D. Ehrlichman.

Topics include monthly reports, consumer education, scheduled itinerary, appointments to the Consumer Advisory Council and public interest in the continuation of the committee under the Nixon administration.

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 197 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive are communications between Commission members or staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

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