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OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY EXECUTIVE OFRCE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON. D.C. 20501 Type of lissome 0E0 STAFF NOTICE Number 45114 Subject Nominations for Maurice H. Stans Award for Distinguished Federal Financial Management Date August 18, 1972 Office of Primary Responsibility A/PER /PM Distribution FR Supersedes This is an actual reproduction of the top of an honest-to-gosh memo currently being circulated in federal agencies.. be wearing a wrist watch advertised as “tested in space by an Apollo astronaut” while drinking your Tang. NASA hopes to avoid the wristwatch pitch: they didn’t authorize any wristwatch tests by Col. David R. Scott, who took two watches and a stopwatch with him. NASA is moving to drastically limit the amount of non-mission material carried by astronauts in the future. Many of the astronauts involved, including all three Apollo 15 crew members, are no longer with the astronaut corps. The Justice Department is supposedly investigating. The case of the envelopes on board Apollo 15 has received most of the souvenir-caper publicity. It turns out that the envelopes were ordered by a Harold G. Collins, chief of the Mission Support Office at Kennedy Space Center, and paid for by an employee of Hughes Enterprises. A cheering note: the astro-graphs, for which moon men have been paid $5 apiece, are selling for $16.50 in France. Soviet cosmonauts’ signatures only bring $9 at the same gallery. Texas Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen recently told a gathering of Rotarians in Lubbock that he enthusiastically supports the scheme to import water from the Mississippi River to supplement the High Plains’ dwindling water resources. “The concept . . . is one of a grand scale a solution in proportion to the problem that faces us,” Bentsen said. “The very thought of it is an inspiration. Let us hope that this dream becomes a reality.” Bentsen pointed out that the Corps of Engineers is scheduled to complete a $6 million reconnaissance study of the water import proposal by June 30, 1973. It would, in Bentsen’s words, be “the largest public works program ever undertaken in the history of man.” Preliminary studies indicated the $10 to $15 billion scheme would require pumping about six trillion gallons of water for irrigation alone uphill 3,500 feet over 800 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi to the High Plains. A secondary canal probably would carry irrigation water south into the Winter Garden area in Texas, where the Bentsen family has citrus holdings. Harry P. Burleigh, executive director of the Texas Water Development Board, says the Texas water plan is being financed on schedule despite the fact that Texas voters defeated a $3.5 billion water bond program in 1969. “Water projects can pay their own way. We never build a dam or reservoir until we have the revenue for water sales in sight to pay for it,” Burleigh told Houston Chronicle reporter Mary Rice Brogan. “We are building chunks of the Texas Water Plan bit by bit. In 40 to 50 years, the chunks will add up to a plan,” Burleigh said. Good news Frances Jalet Cruz was cleared of allegations that she created rebellion and unrest in the Texas Department of Correstions. \(Obs., Judge Carl 0. Bue ruled against three convicts who brought charges of conspiracy against her. \(By the time the six-week case ended, one of the three persons had been granted probation and had departed for parts unknown and a second man had recanted his earlier charges Cruz says she will continue representing clients within the prison system. Tomas Rodriguez is no longer under indictment for assault to murder police officers in Dallas. Twenty months ago sheriff’s deputies kicked in the door of the Rodriguez apartment in a midnight raid that was supposed to hit an adjoining apartment \(see Obs., They shot Ms. Rodriguez \(she was confined wounded Mr. Rodriguez, who was arrested and chained to a bed in Parkland Hospital. Rodriguez answered the first police volleys, fired without warning, with two shots, according to the police. But “errors” in the indictments have resulted in their dismissal. A court-appointed trustee for bankrupt RIC nternational Industries, Inc. has filed a $15 million package of lawsuits against 30 defendants, all officers, directors and controlling persons of RIC. One suit charges that the 30 including Waggoner Carr, John Osorio, Elmer Baum, Frank Sharp and six other defendants in the SEC stock fraud suit conspired to gain personal profit from stock manipulation, excessive borrowing, fraud and general skullduggery that resulted in the destruction of the company and financial loss to investors. Another suit demands that Carr, Audy Byrum, J. Quincy Adams and an NBL official return $400,000 or so in RIC assets they received as their share in one RIC transaction. A third suit seeks the refund of an allegedly fraudulent bank service charge of $66,000 from the Bank of Louisville and Royal Bank and Trust. A fourth concerns a sum of $204,000 paid for Alaskan oil rights the trustee claims were only worth $5,100. Houston Natural Gas Corporation and its subsidiaries are asking that they be given authority to regulate their own price increases. In hearings before the Railroad Commission scheduled for Sept. 25, lawyers for the firm will plead that new costs should be passed on to consumers without ;prior ‘public hearings. The . Commission would have the power to review increases after they take effect. Joe Foy, the company’s general counsel, estimated that the first such increase would probably amount to about 17.5 cents per month per customer. In mid-September, smog in Houston Ms. McGovern and Ms. Shriver are coming to Texas for a joint tour in October, which is being touted as a doozer. There was some hope that Ladybird Johnson would be able to come along on it, but that’s still uncertain. It seems the hang-up is not that Ms. Johnson is reluctant to campaign for McGovern, but that Lyndon is seriously ill and she is reluctant to leave him at all. October 6, 1972 7 became so thick that planes had to land on instruments at Hobby Airport.