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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1966

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION,
SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONTRACTS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., in room 2255, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Wayne L. Hays (chairman) presiding.

Present: Messrs. Hays, Waggonner, Jones, Nedzi, Dickinson, Devine, and Lipscomb.

Also present: Daniel L. O'Connor, associate counsel; C. William Tayler, associate counsel; and Julian Langston, chief clerk.

Mr. TAYLER. Call Mr. Megill.

H. NEWLIN MEGILL, having been duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:

By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. Will you state your full name for the record, please?
A. My name is H. Newlin Megill.
Q. Are you a staff member of the House of Representatives?
A. I am, sir.
Q. What position and what office?

A. I am the Chief of the Office of Finance of the House of Representatives.

Q. In your capacity as the Chief of the Office of Finance, do you have charge of the maintenance of the payroll records for congressional employees of the House of Representatives?

A. I presently have complete control in that regard; yes, sir.

Q. Now, sir, I am going to hand you two exhibits which will be marked "Megill 1-A and 1-B,” being the individual pay card of Y. Marjorie Flores, the first for 1965, the second for the year 1966.

(The above-referred to documents were marked "Megill exhibits 1-A and 1-B” and received in evidence.)

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ENROLLMENT CODE No.

104

TAX

EFFECTIVE DATE

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RETIREMENT

SAVINGS BONDS

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75C.

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NAME

NET
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SALARY
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1339.72
1408.05

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1966 House of Representatives

DISBURSING OFFICE

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By Mr. TAYLER:
Q. I ask if you can identify those records?

A. The 1965 individual pay card photostatic copy which is before me is in all appearances an exact copy of the original. In fact, I assisted in the reproduction of this copy.

Q. That is a copy of the original pay card?
A. The original pay card.
Q. On file in your office?
A. On file in the Office of Finance of the House of Representatives.
The same is true of the 1966 pay card which was also placed before

The same statement applies to that card. Q. Briefly, sir, am I correct in saying that these two pay cards show the gross salary for Miss Flores and deductions and the net salary that was paid to her for the 2 years 1965 and 1966 as a member of Congressman Powell's staff? Is that correct?

A. That is correct. It gives all the details in delineation of that payment.

Q. Now, sir, I am going to hand you what is marked in the record as "Dargans Exhibit 6” and ask you if you can identify that?

A. I can identify this, Mr. Counsel. It is a photostatic copy of the clerk hire appointment form of Representative Powell appointing Y. Marjorie Flores as a clerk effective January 3, 1965, at the annual basic rate of $7,500.

Q. Is that the only clerk hire appointment form that you found in your files for Y. Marjorie Flores during the years 1965 and 1966?

A. I didn't check that fact.

Q. Let me amend my question. Did you produce copies of all of the clerk hire appointment forms that are on file for Y. Marjorie Flores?

A. I did, and they were supplied to the committee, or the committee representative. Alĩ that are on file. I could have brought the personnel jacket that would have verified this, but we have supplied the committee with all appointments on file in our office.

Mr. TAYLER. May that be marked "Megill Exhibit 2”?
Mr. O'CONNOR. That is already Dargans exhibit.
Mr. TAYLER. Excuse me. That is already marked. Strike that.

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. What does that clerk hire appointment form—what action does it reflect as having been taken by Mr. Powell? Here is another copy of it.

A. It reflects that he signed the appointment, that he designated Y. Marjorie Flores at the rate of $7,500 basic to be effective January 3, 1965.

Mr. DEVINE. A new appointment, or does she succeed someone, or herself?

The WITNESS. She succeeds herself. That is indicated on the face. There is no requirement that the oath be executed anew.

Mr. DEVINE. It indicates she was on the payroll at some other figure?

The Witness. Yes; as indicated in the prior appointment supplied to this committee.

The back of the appointment indicates it was received in the office of finance January 5, 1965, at 8:36 a.m.

By Mr. TAYLER: Q. Was the basic pay of Miss Flores changed by your office in accordance with the instructions on that form?

A. They were, sir.

Q. Now, sir, do you know whether you have had any instructions from Miss Flores in your files for the distribution of her salary check?

A. Yes, sir, we have had a mail order that has varied through the years from, as I recall, about 1951. I wouldn't be sure of that date, but it goes well back. Mailing instructions.

Q. From whom?
A. From Mrs. Flores, or Miss Flores.
Q. What were the instructions?

A. The original instruction, as I recall it—I didn't bring the records with me—was that it go to a certain bank here in the city. Later on that was changed on the card, to go to room 459, as I recall. This is all from recollection. I don't have the record before me. Then few months after the committee moved to the Rayburn Building here—the number of the committee room escapes me for the momenta letter came in from the chairman directing it be changed from 459 to this room number in the Rayburn Building. That letter was directed to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and was approved by the Clerk and transmitted to our office for execution and we changed the mailing slate from 459 Rayburn Building to the room number of the committee in the House-excuse me—the number in the Cannon Building to the number, the new number in the Rayburn Building.

Q. Prior to the time you received the letter from Mr. Powell that you have just described, you had on file instructions from Miss Flores to have her check sent to Congressman Powell's office?

A. 459; yes, sir.

Q. Then the only thing that Mr. Powell's letter did was to change the office address?

A. In accordance with the relocation of the committee.

Q. Have you, subsequent to Mr. Powell's letter, received any further instructions from Miss Flores with respect to the distribution of her paycheck?

I show you a copy of a letter you produced to the committeee here dated November 22, 1966, to the disbursing office from Y. Marjorie Flores. I ask you if you can identify that and answer my question?

A. This is a photostatic reproduction of the original letter received in the Disbursing Office directed to—I refer to it as the Disbursing Office. That is its former name. It was changed under reorganization about 2 years ago to the Office of Finance -directed to the Disbursing Office, House of Representatives. Should I read it?

Q. Just a moment. Is that a copy of a letter in your files?
A. That is an exact copy of the original letter on file in our office.
Q. Since the letter is brief, would you read the letter?
A. [Reading :)

NOVEMBER 22, 1966.
DISBURSING OFFICE,
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

GENTLEMEN: Effective immediately, please send me all my checks and correspondence from your office to the following address:

Y. Marjorie Flores, c/o Garcia, P.O. Box 324, Central San Vicente, Puerto Rico. Also please send me an application of retirement fund. Very truly yours,

Y. MARJORIE FLORES.

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