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Filed under the category FG (Federal Government-Organizations) are materials pertaining to matters such as establishment, disestablishment, organization, reorganization, audits, inspection, investigations, location, relocation, regulations, reports, appointments, and endorsements to top positions.

The terms Executive and General used before the code FG 6-17 and all subdivisions thereunder generally determine the source of the materials thus coded. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests. The topics filed under each category are generally similar.

Related subject categories in the White House Central Files include:

Staff Member and Office Files:

  • John C. Whitaker, Domestic Council
  • Dr. Edward E. David, Office of Science and Technology

Subject Files:

FG 6-1, 6-3 Executive orders
FG 6-9 Office of Science and Technology
FG 21 Department of Commerce
FG 25 Department of Transportation
FG 251 Citizens Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality
HE 9-1 Air pollution
HE 9-2 Environmental and Occupational Health
HE 9-3 Sewerage Systems
HE 9-4 Water Pollution-Water Purification

Related files in the Special Files:

Staff Member and Office Files:

  • John D. Ehrlichman


This file contains materials pertaining to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which was established by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and the Office of Environmental Quality (FG 6-17-1), which provided staff for the Council and was subsequently established by title II of the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970. The Council's function, as outlined in the Government Organization Manual of 1973-1974, is to develop and recommend to the President national policies that promote environmental quality, perform a continuing analysis if changes or trends in the national environment, and assists the President in the preparation of the annual environmental quality report to the Congress. Principal correspondents include, among others, the President, John D. Ehrlichman, John C. Whitaker, Russell E. Train, Dr. Lee DuBridge, William E. Kriegsman, Christopher DeMuth, Peter M. Flanigan, Robert Cahn, Dr. Gordon J.F. MacDonald and other White House executives.

The types of documents filed under FG 6-17 are original incoming letters and memoranda, carbons and electrostatic copies of outgoing letters and memoranda, carbons and electrostatic copies of outgoing letters and memoranda, transmittal notes, reports, press releases, electrostatic copies of magazine articles, preservation copies of newspaper clippings, cross reference to other file subjects, memoranda of meetings, Presidential messages to Congress; and minutes of meetings.

The Executive files contain material concerning the organization, administration, policies and programs of the Council on Environmental Quality. Topics include appointments to the Council, requests for meetings, requests for Council members to address various civic organizations, annual reports, national growth policy, endangered species, legislation on pollution controls, pollution contingency plans, international environmental co-operation, federal agency guidelines on preparation of Environmental Impact Statements; studies on economic impact of pollution control, SST, funding of CEW programs, and Domestic Council sub-committees.


Files include only a Presidential letter to Congress requesting additional appropriations and a single cross reference.

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