Miller Center

Elmer Staats

Speaker: Elmer B. Staats
Date: December 9, 1971
Comptroller General of the United States at the time of the interview. Background of long-term association with the Bureau of the Budget and service as Executive Director of the Operations Coordinating Board of the National Security Council (1953-1958). Among other subjects, discusses his professional association with Johnson concerning legislative matters before the latter became president. Addresses his interaction with President Johnson on a number of specific matters relating to Johnson?s role in constructing the budget, such as educational programs and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Also discusses the power of the Bureau of the Budget under President Johnson as compared to other presidents, as well as his style of relating to the Cabinet and staff members.