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Executive Order 10611—Establishing the Civil Defense Coordinating Board and Defining its Duties

May 11, 1955

By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 1245), and as President of the United States, it is ordered as follows:

1. There is hereby established a Civil Defense Coordinating Board, hereinafter referred to as the Board, within the executive branch of the Government. The Board shall be composed of the Administrator of the Federal Civil Defense Administration, who shall be the Chairman of the Board, and seventeen other members, one of whom shall be designated by and represent each of the following-named officials, respectively:

The heads of the ten executive departments, the Chairmen of the Atomic Energy Commission and Federal Power Commission, the Directors of the Office of Defense Mobilization and the Bureau of the Budget, and the Administrators of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, the General Services Administration, and the Veterans' Administration.

2. The functions of the Board shall be:

(a) To assist in the development of an orderly, integrated plan for the participation of all Federal departments and agencies in the civil defense of the nation, taking into consideration other defense requirements, both economic and military.

(b) To make recommendations to the President regarding specific arrangements involving the assumption of certain civil-defense responsibilities by the various departments and agencies.

(c) To facilitate the development and implementation of such arrangements with the Department of Defense and the Office of Defense Mobilization.

(d) To advise the President from time to time with respect to the progress of the integration of civil-defense activities into the various departments and agencies of the Government.

3. The Board shall meet with the President at his request, and shall meet at such other times as may be determined by its Chairman.



May 11, 1955.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Executive Order 10611—Establishing the Civil Defense Coordinating Board and Defining its Duties Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/306942

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