The Commission on Intergovernmental Relations: A Report to the President for Transmittal to the Congress

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each level of government discharges the functions which belong within its jurisdiction in a sound and effective manner."

Section 3 (a) of the act directed the Commission to "carry out the purposes of section 1 * * *." Section 3 (b), dealing more specifically with Federal grant-in-aid programs, read:

The Commission shall study and investigate all of the present activities in which Federal aid is extended to State and local governments, the interrelationships of the financing of this aid, and the sources of the financing of governmental programs. The Commission shall determine and report whether there is justification for Federal aid in the various fields in which Federal aid is extended; whether there are other fields in which Federal aid should be extended; whether Federal control with respect to these activities should be limited, and, if so, to what extent; whether Federal aid should be limited to cases of need; and all other matters incident to such Federal aid, including the ability of the Federal Government and the States to finance activities of this nature.

Finally, section 3 (c), as amended, directed the Commission, not later than June 30, 1955, to submit to the President for transmittal to the Congress its final report, including recommendations for legislative action.


The Commission's Plan of Work

In view of the comprehensive character of its assignment, the Commission undertook to study the origins of our federal system and the views of those who established it; the forces that have influenced its growth and development; the place of the States and their political subdivisions in the federal system, and the factors, fiscal and nonfiscal, that limit their competence, acting singly or in cooperation; the extent of the National Government's responsibilities and the conditions that justify National action; and the nature and workings of the many forms of National-State cooperation.

The scope of the Commission's work has in some fields been related to, but is distinguishable from, the responsibilities of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government. The Hoover Commission has been concerned largely with the organization, efficiency, propriety, and cost of activities carried on by the executive branch of the National

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