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July 20
1962 Commerce Secretary Luther Hodges announces a BPR reorganization, establishing the Office of Right-of-Way and Location and the Office of Audit and Investigations. The former, to be headed by Edgar Swick, will be responsible for ensuring right-of-way is acquired properly and at fair cost. It also will handle all aspects of route location. The audit office, to be headed by former FBI agent Joseph O'Connor, will probe allegations of fraud, land speculation, collusion, and other irregularities, as well as auditing State claims for reimbursement of the Federal share of project costs. Three days later, Administrator Rex Whitton announces expansion of the Office of Research, which becomes the Office of Research and Development under Director Robert F. Baker.
Photo: Luther Hodges
Luther Hodges
Secretary of Commerce
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