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Filed under the category FG (Federal Government Organization) are materials composed of memoranda, correspondence, Presidential messages, petitions, referrals, notes, wires, telegrams, resolutions, press releases, cross references, printed material, and newspaper clippings concerning the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Major correspondents include: Daniel P. Moynihan, Donald Rumsfeld, John D. Ehrlichman, Arthur F. Burns, Bryce N. Harlow, Peter M. Flanigan, Frank C. Carlucci, Philip V. Sanchez, Richard Nathan, Betrand M. Harding, William E. Timmons, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr., Noble M. Melencamp, Tod R. Hullin, Alvin Arnett, David M. Parker, Howard Phillips, Max L. Friedersdorf, James E. Cavanaugh, Edwin L. Harper, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Roland Elliott, Carol Khosrovi, and Harry Flemming.

The terms Executive and General used before the code FG 6-7 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:

FA Federal Aid
FG 6-11-1/Staff Member White House Staff Members
FG 21 Department of Commerce
FG 22 Department of Labor
FG 23 Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
FG 24 Department of Housing and Urban Development
FG 33-2 House Committee on Appropriations
FG 33-6 House Committee on Education and Labor
FI Finance
LG Local Governments
PR Public Relations
WE Welfare

The name file and the Staff Members and Office Files also hold materials related to this subject category.


Topics covered include the decision not to abolish the office; possible name changes; the decision to designate the office as experimental, and to delegate its successful programs to established agencies; various appointments, confirmations, submissions and other dealings with Congress; the extension of the Economic Opportunity Act; the decision to designate the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity as a member of the Domestic Council; the revocation of that decision; the investigation into reports that the office subsidized illegal activities; various letters of recommendation, nomination and resignation; day-to-day administrative matters; the office's role in the budget; the eventual dismantling of the office, and public advice on, and reaction to, the above.

FG 6-7-1
FG 6-7-1/A

Topics covered include all correspondence on the Job Corps.

FG 6-7-2
FG 6-7-2/A

Topics covered include all correspondence on the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity (NACEO).

FG 6-7-3
FG 6-7-3/A

Topics covered include all correspondence on the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) project.

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