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NOMINATION

HEARING

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE

UNITED STATES SENATE

NINETY-FIRST CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

ALBERT E. ABRAHAMS, OF MARYLAND, TO BE IN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

MARCH 12, 1970

Printed for the use of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare

LAW LIBRARY
U. S. GOVT. DOCS. DEP.

DAY 2 0 1970

CIVERSITY OF CALONIA

DERKELLY

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1970

43-157

COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE

RALPH YARBOROUGH, Texas, Chairman
JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia JACOB K. JAVITS, New York
HARRISON A. WILLIAMS, JR., New Jersey WINSTON L. PROUTY, Vermont
CLAIBORNE PELL, Rhode Island

PETER II. DOMINICK, Colorado
EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts GEORGE MURPHY, California
GAYLORD NELSON, Wisconsin

RICHARD S. SCHWEIKER, Pennsylvania WALTER F. MONDALE, Minnesota

WILLIAM B. SAXBE, Ohio
THOMAS F. EAGLETON, Missouri

RALPH TYLER SMITH, Illinois
ALAN CRANSTON, California
HAROLD E. HUGHES, Iowa

ROBERT 0. HARRIS, Staff Director
JOHN S. FORSYTHE, General Counsel
Roy H. MILLENSON, Minority Staff Director

EUGENE MITTELMAN, Minority Counsel

NOMINATION

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1970

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE,

Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10:10 a.m., pursuant to call, in room 4232, New Senate Office Building, Senator Ralph Yarborough (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Present: Senators Yarborough (presiding), Williams, and Pell. The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.

First on the agenda this morning is an open hearing. Although we do not have a quorum present at the moment, we can have the hearing but to vote on the confirmation we must have a quorum.

The first matter is the nomination hearing on the appointment of Albert E. Abrahams to be an Assistant Director, Office of Economic Opportunity

Vr. Abrahams, we have your biographical sketch here with your work experience. I am pleased to note that from January 3, 1969, to the present time you have been administrative assistant to Senator Mathias of Maryland.

From June of 1954 to February of 1965: Executive assistant, legislative assistant, and press secretary to Senator Clifford P. Case of New Jersey.

From December 1953 to June 1954: Press assistant and legislative assistant to the late Senator Robert C. Hendrickson of New Jersey.

At that time he was right across the hall from my office and I had the privilege of seeing you there.

I will not read the numerous other experiences in here of a high level and intellectual nature, but I mentioned some of these because I think that your wide experience on Capitol Hill provides you with rery special qualifications for this job. I am glad to see the President appoint someone who is familiar with, and has had a part in, the passage of many of these laws, and you have worked in the offices of Senators who have sympathy for the people, and I think you

have a proper background to enter the Office of Economic Opportunity,

I will order printed in the record at this point the biographical sketch of Mr. Abrahams, the position description of the Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and the legislative authority, 42 United States Code Annotated 2941, section 601(a).

(The documents referred to follow:) BIOGRAPHY OF ALBERT E. ABRAHAMS, NOMINATED TO BE AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR,

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

WORK EXPERIENCE

January 3, 1969 to present: Administrative Assistant to Senator Charles McC. Mathias of Maryland.

September 1967 to January 3, 1969: President, A. E. Abrahams Associates, Inc., a campaign management firm; (1967-New Jersey Legislature Campaign; 1968—Executive Director, National Draft Rockefeller Committee (Spiro Agnew, Chairman); Washington Office Director, Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller of

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