Oral history transcript, Frank M. Wozencraft, interview 3 (III), 1/21/1969, by T.H. Baker


Oral history transcript, Frank M. Wozencraft, interview 3 (III), 1/21/1969, by T.H. Baker

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The development of task forces such as the veterans task force composed of representatives from several government agencies; Wozencraft's proposal of a "one-stop shopping center" to inform veterans of programs, opportunities, and benefits available to them; Justice Department support for the centers; Wozencraft's role on the task force; disagreements over the Federal Trade Commission's and Securities Exchange Commission's (SEC) authority to take legal action independently from the Justice Department; the poultry and fish safety bills of 1968; the duty of task forces to coordinate legislative suggestions before they were presented to the president; White House support for securities law legislation the SEC was promoting in 1967; the difference between task forces and commissions or councils; the Kerner Commission; Wozencraft's involvement in the President's National Advisory Panel on Insurance in Riot-Affected Areas; the composition of that panel and how insurees were represented; the concerns of the three insurance company presidents on the panel; the federal government's involvement in reinsurance and its cost; the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) plan; the panel's report and resulting legislation introduced by LBJ; opposition to the legislation, especially from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the advisory board under HUD; how the report and resulting pending legislation kept insurance companies from withdrawing from the cities; the $25-million-dollar premium insurance companies were asked to pay; conflict between the panel and HUD; flood insurance versus civil disorder insurance; a December 1966 conference on the legal rights of tenants and the release of the conference report during Detroit rioting in 1967; the American Bar Association's review of legal problems of the landlord-tenant relationship, building codes, housing codes, and the like; lack of action within HUD and Department of Health, Education, and Welfare following the conference report; the value of working in groups rather than through one full-time individual; the organization, staffing, and financing of commissions; concern over whether or not commissions were taken seriously; the importance of non-governmental members of commissions; the role of the Bureau of the Budget as conciliator and/or arbitrator between agencies; interdepartmental commissions/committees, such as the Interdepartmental Committee on the Status of Women and the Commission on Human Rights.


Wozencraft, Frank M.


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Frank M. Wozencraft


T.H. Baker

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Post-Presidential (Jan. 21, 1969-)