B-107366, JUL 17, 1952

B-107366: Jul 17, 1952

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TO SECURE CURRENT DATA UPON WHICH TO PREDICATE OUR PROGRAM A SURVEY TEAM OF SIX EMPLOYEES WAS PROCEEDING TO EUROPE TO SURVEY THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MUTUAL SECURITY PROGRAM. THE EFFORTS OF THE TEAM WERE MOST SUCCESSFUL. IT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE "UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - EUROPEAN BRANCH" AND THE DIRECTOR THEREOF WILL BE MR. WHO IS SAILING FROM NEW YORK ON THE SS UNITED STATES ON JULY 23. DOMERS ASSOCIATES THE SAME HELPFUL CONSIDERATION THAT WAS ACCORDED THE SURVEY TEAM.

B-107366, JUL 17, 1952

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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE:

IN LETTER DATED FEBRUARY 26, 1952, THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL ADVISED YOU THAT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A BROADER COVERING OF ITS AUDITS AND INVESTIGATIONS THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE INTENDED TO ESTABLISH, AT AN EARLY DATE, PERMANENT BRANCH OFFICES IN EUROPE AND JAPAN, AND TO SECURE CURRENT DATA UPON WHICH TO PREDICATE OUR PROGRAM A SURVEY TEAM OF SIX EMPLOYEES WAS PROCEEDING TO EUROPE TO SURVEY THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MUTUAL SECURITY PROGRAM, THE MUTUAL SECURITY AGENCY, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

IN YOUR REPLY DATED MARCH 10, 1952, YOU ADVISED THAT THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS HAD BEEN REQUESTED TO ADVISE THEIR APPROPRIATE OVERSEAS ELEMENTS OF THE SURVEY AND TO EXTEND TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE SUCH ASSISTANCE AS WOULD FACILITATE THEIR WORK. AIDED BY YOUR ASSISTANCE, THE EFFORTS OF THE TEAM WERE MOST SUCCESSFUL, AND THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL AND I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH THE COURTESY AND HELPFULNESS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS IN EUROPE.

THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY INDICATE THE ADVISABILITY OF IMMEDIATELY ESTABLISHING OFFICES IN EUROPE, AND IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO OPEN THE FIRST OFFICE IN PARIS ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 1, 1952. IT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE "UNITED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE - EUROPEAN BRANCH" AND THE DIRECTOR THEREOF WILL BE MR. HENRY R. DOMERS, WHO IS SAILING FROM NEW YORK ON THE SS UNITED STATES ON JULY 23, 1952. MR. DOMERS HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED TO CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AT THE EMBASSY IN PARIS TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SECURING OF SPACE, ETC.

IN VIEW OF THE SUCCESS ENJOYED THROUGH YOUR SENDING OF NOTICES TO THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS RELATIVE TO THE SURVEY TEAM, I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL IF A SIMILAR NOTICE COULD BE SENT AT THIS TIME ADVISING OF THE INMEDIATE OPENING OF THE OFFICE IN PARIS, BE FOLLOWED AS CONDITIONS WARRANT WITH OFFICES AT LONDON, FRANCE AND ROME, AND THAT THEY BE REQUESTED TO ACCORD TO MR. DOMERS ASSOCIATES THE SAME HELPFUL CONSIDERATION THAT WAS ACCORDED THE SURVEY TEAM.