FG 6-1 (Bureau of the Budget) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)

Scope and Content Note

The Bureau of the Budget (subject category FG 6-1) was established by act of June 10, 1921 (42 Stat. 20; 31 U.S.C. 11-16) in the Treasury Department, under the immediate direction of the President. The Bureau was transferred to the Executive Office of the President by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1970 and was designated as the Office of Management and Budget (subject category FG 6-16) effective July 1, 1970. The Bureau's duties included the review and coordination of the budgets, procedures and accomplishments of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government, paperwork management, and the evaluation of proposed legislation, Executive Orders and proclamations. Frequent correspondents include: Stephen Bull, Kenneth COle, John Ehrlichman, Robert Finch, Peter Flanigan, Gen. Frank Lincoln, Charles Mayo, Daniel Moynihan, Jonathan Rose, William Timmons, and John Whitaker.

The Executive file category within this subject category includes the correspondence of the President, White House Staff and Administration officials with heads of state, members of Congress, political party members, personal acquaintances and business, patriotic and special interest organizations. The General file category mainly contains correspondence of the President and White House Staff with members of Congress, business, patriotic and special interest organizations and the general public. Many of the same subjects and correspondents, however, may be found in both files. Some of the files are subdivided numerically by country (/CO#).

Related materials may be found in the following subject categories:

BE 5 National Economy

FG 6-16 Office of Management and Budget

FG 221 Task Forces

FG 250 President's Advisory Council on Executive Organization

FG 999 Proposed Departments - Boards - Agencies - Commissions

FI Finance

FI 4 Budgets - Appropriations

LE Legislation

UT 1 Communications - Telecommunications

WE Welfare


The materials in this file include analyses and feasibility studies of ongoing government agency programs and proposed legislation. The New Federalism, the nature of government, government reorganization, oil imports, welfare, agriculture, veterans' benefits, crime, watersheds, uranium stockpiles, water pollution, mass transit, model cities, the Selective Service registration and disposal of federal surplus properties are among the topics in this subject category. Agencies and organizations mentioned in these files include: the Civil Aeronautics Board, the Atomic Energy Commission, the Council for Urban Affairs, the Rural Affairs Council, the Export-Import Bank, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Veteran's Administration, and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.

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