American Industry in the War: A Report of the War Industries by Bernard Baruch

By Bernard Baruch

American within the battle. A file of the conflict industries board

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The was centralized in the chairman of the Board. The chairman delegated, so far as practicable, the poAver of final decision to the several members of the Board, each in his respective The plan President's authority The machinery of the 60 commodity sections Avas used in carrying forward the part of the general purpose for which each Avas responsible. Each of the commodity sections contained memi>ers from the Government purchasing agencies and each section came into contact with the industries for Avhich it Avas responsible through the field.

The committee considered requests for the clearance of orders with a view to preventing their being placed where there was congestion and where they would interfere with the fulfillment of other orders of equal importance, with a view to adjusting the relative importance of deliveries and to preventing abnormal rises in price. The method was by discussion and agreement between the respective inEach buying department read its terests, each being represented. proposed orders before the committee, and, if no objection developed, the orders were cleared.

Resources and Conversion Section. On May 27, 1918, the Board established the Resources and Conversion Section, which took over the records and the work of the Industrial Inventory Section and began to organize on an enlarged scale under Charles A. Otis as An organization decentralized geographically and subjecchief. tively was determined upon. The work was too large to be effecThe country was divided into 21 tively handled from one office. geographical areas, called " industrial regions," for each of which a regional advisor was appointed with an office in the principal center.

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